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Breaking a lease in Pennsylvania
Wed, Dec 19 2007 8:13 PM
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I recently purchased a home, and wish to end the term of my lease 3 months early. I know I am liable for the full amount due under the lease. However, I have also heard about the principle of mitigating losses, wherein the landlord must make a reasonable attempt to re-rent the property, and apply any rent received from this re-rental toward the amount due from my original lease. I cannot find this written anywhere in PA law, though. My landlord has refused to re-rent the property until my lease term is up, even if I personally find a new, suitable tenant.
Do I have any true legal right to "mitigating losses"? Also, if I vacate the premesis prior to the lease term ending (I have already provided the landlord with > 60 days notice), and pay any remaining monies due under the lease up front, as well as turn in the keys, do I still have any responsibilities to maintain/upkeep the property after I have vacated?