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A lease agreement is a contract that you and your landlord or property manager will both need to sign before moving in. Anyone who plans on living in the rental unit will need to read, agree and sign the lease agreement. What this means is that if you and your spouse are moving into a multi-bedroom unit, you will both need to sign the agreement. Furthermore, if you and your best friend are moving in together, then both of you need a signature on the lease agreement.

A lease agreement is supposed to be set in stone for a certain period of time. What this means is that you need to stick to the rules and regulations laid out on the lease agreement, including paying a certain amount of rent per month, until the end of the lease. After the lease is up you can choose to renew the contract, renegotiate the terms or move out without any legal complications.

But what happens if you need to change something on the lease agreement? Are you bound to live in the same circumstances for the allotted period of time just because you have signed your name on a piece of paper? In some instances you will need to change a lease agreement and in most cases, as long as you communicate with your landlord, slight changes or changes that cannot be avoided, can be handled by both parties without getting the legal system involved.

Terminating or Changing a Lease

The first thing that needs to be understood is that a lease agreement is a legal document. Disobeying the agreement in any way can be a legal problem and, in some instances, can leave you fighting for your rights in a court of law. This is something you want to avoid at all costs. Even if you cannot stand your landlord or hate the apartment, this is not grounds to move out or make a change to the lease agreement.

There are a few instances where you may need to move out before the lease is up. You may face a death in the family and need to move back home to be with your surviving parent; you may lose your job and be unable to afford the rent; you may face a serious injury and become hospitalized. In these emergency situations, most landlords are going to allow you to change or terminate your lease. After all, these situations are unavoidable and unplanned.

Another big change to a lease agreement is roommates. One roommate may move out or you and your partner may make break before the lease is up. If this is the case your landlord may be happy to let you stay on and continue with the lease while the other person moves out or another person moves in. However, you will need to explain your situation to your landlord.

In some instances, even if you and your partner have ended the relationship, you will both be responsible for paying the rent until the end of the lease even if only one of you is living there. This is all a part of life and leases. It all depends on what your landlord decides about the situation.

Changing a lease agreement can only be done if you and your landlord agree to it. Make sure you have a valid reason for needing a change and that you have explored all possible outlets to ensure that the lease can remain in place. Being bored with the place, being annoyed with the landlord or being tired of the neighbors are normally not valid excuses for changing a lease agreement.

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