Domestic lease

 I signed a lease for twelve months, but now after six months I have to move away interstate. I’m paying $350 for a two roomed flat in a very nice area. The landlord insists on me staying on until the lease is over. Any suggestions?

You have to understand that when you sign a lease for 12 months at $350 per week for the flat, you are in fact are signing a contract with the landlord for $18,200 payable at $350 per week. If you try to break the contract after six months – theoretically you owe the landlord six months’ rent. In practice, the landlord has a duty to get other tenants to take over the lease. But if a genuine effort was made by the landlord and he was not able to find an alternative tenant, you would have to pay the six months remaining rent. You should actively work with the landlord to find an alternative tenant acceptable to the landlord.


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