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How to Break an Apartment Lease in Alabama

    • 1). Ask for a copy of your apartment lease from the property manager in the apartment complex leasing office, if you do not already have a copy. Not all apartment complexes give you a lease copy when you move in, so you may not have a copy unless you have already asked for.

    • 2). Read through the lease to look for the section on what happens if you need to break the lease before the lease period is up. Typically, you can break a lease in Alabama and other states by simply giving a notice and paying a penalty fee, which is usually the equivalent of two months rents. Usually if you were given a rent concession when you moved in, such as one month free, you also have to pay that back when you break the lease.

    • 3). Write out a letter to the property manager to let them know that you intend to break your lease. Do this in the advance time spelled out in your lease, which is usually 30 to 60 days in advance. If there is a health or safety problem with the apartment, you only have to give the landlord a 14 day notice to fix the problem or that you are breaking the lease. In this instance, Alabama tenant law allows you to break the lease with no penalty if the landlord does not fix the problem. Such problems can include no heat or gas leaks.

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