Every lease agreement will have an end date, stated if it’s a fixed term lease and implied if it’s a month-to-month lease. There may be times, however, when a lease needs to be terminated early. Both the landlord and tenant have certain rights to early termination which are outlined in the rental agreement. Make sure that all tenants are aware of the reasons for early termination.
Early termination by landlord
- Tenant, guests or invitees fail to comply with any term of the rental agreement.
- Tenant misrepresents any material fact on their rental application.
- The premises is damaged or destroyed by fire or casualty to the point where enjoyment of the premises is substantially impaired.
- Tenant fails to comply with the basic maintenance obligations as outlined in the rental agreement.
- Tenant refuses to allow landlord lawful access to the premises.
Early termination by tenant
- Tenant is 60 years of age or older or has a physical or mental disability.
- Tenant or household member is the victim of domestic violence.
- Landlord fails to comply with the rental agreement.
- Landlord fails to maintain the premises in a habitable condition.
- Landlord unlawfully removes or excludes tenant or willfully interrupts essential items or services.
- The premises is damaged or destroyed by fire or casualty (other than by the wrongful or negligent acts of tenant) to an extent that enjoyment of the premises is substantially impaired.
- Landlord makes an unlawful entry or a lawful entry in an unreasonable manner or makes repeated demands for entry that are lawful but which have the effect of unreasonably harassing the tenant.