In today’s society, property owners and apartment managers ask for a signed lease. This protects the property owner as well as the leaser. When you sign a lease, it will include different things not limited to the condition of the property and any appliances or furnishing included and when the rent is due. Along with the rent due, there are instructions about how to pay the rent, what the due date is and what the charge is for late payments. You need to read the entire lease, it will include instruction for vacating the property and when you vacate the property.
If your contract states that you cannot break the lease without penalties, then you may just need to give a thirty or sixty day notice or you may be responsible for the rest of the rent. This is standard for vacating the premises. As soon as you know that you need to move, you should inform the property owner. One of three things is going to happen when you give your notice.
The first thing, the property owner will tell you he can cancel the lease so you can move without you having to pay additional rent after vacating the apartment. This is very rare and normally only occurs if the owner wants you to leave for his own reasons. On the other hand, maybe your lease states that you can break the agreement at any time. In this case, giving ample notice is required.
The other scenario might be hardship to the property owner because of a vacancy. If your lease states you are responsible to uphold the lease for the term, you can be held responsible for all the monthly rents until the contract expires. This is a hardship for many people whose employment situations change and they can no longer afford the rent. You are still responsible.
Lastly, many owners try to work with you. If you give ample notice that you are moving, they will try to rent the apartment out to somebody else. Keep in mind, however long it takes, you are still responsible for the rent until the apartment is rented. If you give a sixty-day notice and the apartment does rent for one hundred days, you are responsible for the entire amount of days the apartment sat empty.
Every property owner is different and handles leases in different ways. The best thing to do is to discuss the lease with the property owner and find out how they would like to handle the situation. In many cases, they are willing to work with you to benefit both parties. One other thing to keep in mind if you do vacate before the lease is up and the apartment is not rented, you may also be responsible for electric and gas for the apartment until it is rented. You need to read the lease very carefully. Some leases do state this as a part of the agreement and some are just for the rent of the apartment.