Is not feeling safe in your own home a good enough reason to break a lease?
Someone has attempted to break into our apartment for the 5 the time now.
Our security screen door has bowed with someone trying to pry it open, the screen over the window has been bowed with someone trying to pop of out (if our windows are open all you need to so is pop the screen off and you can get in, but it's too hot to shut them!). They've bent around the frame with a screwdriver to pop it off, our other entry door has been tried to be wedged open as wood has split around the locks. One time I was home alone sitting on the couch in the lounge with DS at 3AM (where the windows are) and someone came up the stairs and banged on the window before running off (would have seen me through the blinds but incouldnts DS them). DF confirmed it wasn't a bat or bird as there were hand print on the window.
DF works nights 4-5 nights a week and I'm now petrified to go to sleep
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07-01-2014 21:12 #1
Breaking a lease
07-01-2014 22:23 #2
You can break a lease for whatever reason you want and you don't have to tell the real estate. But either way - that definitely sounds like a good reason! I would be scared too and probably get the heck outta there!!
07-01-2014 23:01 #3
07-01-2014 23:16 #4
In NSW the only time I've seen the tribunal allow a tenant to break a lease without penalty is through hardship. ( death , loss of job ect ) but as pp said you can break a lease for any reason but you will have to usually pay a breaking of lease fee and rent until a new tenant is found and any advertising costs - or depending on the landlord - any lease can be broken if both parties agree
I would call your property manager and tell them the problems you have had , give them copies of any police reports etc and ask them to ask the owner and hope for the best
08-01-2014 02:07 #5
If you are unable to exact a quiet enjoyment of the premises and you have proof of this then the tribunal will accept this as a valid reason and consider it accordingly. Yes, there may well be financial consequences but communicating with your agents first is always a good idea. You can't go on living in a residence that is obviously being targeted. It's not healthy. Or safe.
08-01-2014 05:08 #6
08-01-2014 07:40 #7Senior Member
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I would talk to the RE about the landlord making the house more secure. If the screen could easily popped off a window and someone could get in, then the house is not properly secured. If the house was secure when you moved in, then the landlord needs to make any repairs to ensure it is secure again.
08-01-2014 08:04 #8
OP, I would email your real estate to express all of your concerns and advise that you are thinking about breaking the lease as a consequence. They can then pass on your concerns to the landlord and see what they are willing to do.
If you are really lucky, they may decide to improve the security for you, or if they are really sympathetic they may let you out of the lease.
Anyone can break a lease for any reason as previous posters have stated, but it can be quite costly to do so.
I don't blame you for wanting to leave. One attempted break in would be scary enough, but 5 times is just too much.
08-01-2014 08:05 #9
I have just broken a lease because I was very unhappy living there for various reasons. I spoke to the real estate and asked them to re advertise the house, I also personally put an ad on gumtree. I asked the real estate to let me know anytime someone was interested and I'd happily show them through (I had three couples through last week and one put an application in yesterday). I had to pay advertising fee and a weeks rent as compensation but to me that was totally worth it. Now that we have got new tenants everything is fine.
08-01-2014 08:39 #10
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