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Breaking a Lease: When Termination is Justified

Posted by CTM Legal Group | Apr 12, 2024 | 0 Comments

Lease termination is finding a way to break a contract. Under the law, contracts are generally binding and cannot be cancelled by one side. However, there are many exceptions that allow for terminating a contract early if the other party is not substantially performing their end of the deal.

Tenant Rights and Grounds for Termination

With residential leases specifically, those general exceptions apply. In addition, there are statutes in Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, and some other cities and towns that allow tenants to break their leases in specific situations. The most common reason why tenants want to terminate their lease is that the landlord isn't maintaining the property or preventing disturbances from neighboring properties. Sometimes tenants need to leave for personal reasons, such as accepting a job in another state.

Landlord Opposition

Regardless of the circumstance, the landlord will almost never agree that a tenant has the right to break a lease, even if it is clear that the tenant has valid grounds to do so. This is where hiring experienced legal counsel becomes essential.

The Importance of Hiring a Lawyer

If you want to break your lease, it is crucial to hire a lawyer who is knowledgeable and experienced with landlord-tenant law in the city and state where you reside. An attorney can help figure out what legal grounds there are to break the lease and how strong the argument would be if it went to court. The lawyer will also identify other claims you might be able to file against the landlord, such as rent abatement or damages.

Proper Notice is Key

Oftentimes, to break a lease legally, a specific type of notice is required to be given to the landlord. A knowledgeable attorney will know exactly what notices to send and the proper procedures to follow. If you don't take these steps correctly, you may be found to have broken your lease illegally, even if you had the right to break it, simply because your notice was defective or improperly served.

Protect Your Rights with CTM Legal Group

Navigating the complexities of lease termination can be daunting, but you don't have to go it alone. The experienced attorneys at CTM Legal Group have in-depth knowledge of landlord-tenant laws in Illinois, Cook County, and Chicago. We can evaluate your situation, advise you on your rights and options, and take the necessary legal steps to help you break your lease successfully if justified grounds exist. Don't risk penalties or legal battles – contact CTM Legal Group today for a consultation on your lease termination case.

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