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The Nest Q&A

We signed a year lease but want to break it. What are we legally responsible for?

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Generally, it's a good idea to select a month-to-month lease if you're not sure when you want to peace out, but obviously that doesn't help you now. So, read the fine print first. There could be penalties, like losing your security deposit (ouch). But if you've kept the place clean and paid your rent on time, negotiate with your landlord. What could it hurt? Chances are if you have a fairly good rapport with him and offer to help locate another tenant to quickly replace you, he might be looser about letting you out of your contract.