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The Process of Breaking a Lease

What is the legal process of breaking a lease from a tenets point of view, moved into a new apt about 1 month ago but got a job offer in Toronto, and would like to break my lease.

I was thinking about sub-letting but I don’t want to deal with that hassle. Any help and advice would be appreciated.

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  1. Shylo Parent says:

    Can’t sublet withought landlords approval if he wants to let you out of lease with penalty that would be awesome if not you owe rent for another 11 months.

  2. Paul Pilon says:

    Pull a Walter White.

  3. Andrea Gustafson says:

    I got out of my lease by simply talking to the landlord and explaining the situation. Then we all signed an N11 form. Done like dinner.

  4. Michel David Marcotte says:

    You can do an assignment. You find a person willing to rent the place out from your landlord at the same rent of course. This is not a sublet its a new lease. What are the landlord’s rights with respect to assignment?
    The landlord has several options when the assignment of a rental unit is requested. The
    provisions for the assignment of a rental unit are extensive and include the following:
    If a tenant asks a landlord for his/her general consent to the assignment of a rental unit, the
    landlord may:
    a) consent to the assignment of the rental unit; or
    b) refuse consent.
    If a tenant asks a landlord for his/her specific consent for the assignment of a rental unit to a
    potential assignee, the landlord may:
    a) consent to the assignment of the rental unit to the potential assignee;
    b) refuse consent to the assignment of the potential assignee; or
    c) refuse consent to the assignment of the rental unit.
    A tenant may give the landlord a notice of termination within 30 days after the date a request is
    made if:
    a) the tenant asks the landlord to consent to an assignment of the rental unit and the landlord
    refuses consent;
    b) the tenant asks the landlord to consent to an assignment of the rental unit and the landlord
    does not respond within seven days after the request is made;
    c) the tenant asks the landlord to consent to an assignment of the rental unit to a potential
    assignee and the landlord refuses consent to the assignment of the rental unit;
    d) the tenant asks the landlord to consent to an assignment of the rental unit to a potential
    assignee and the landlord does not respond within seven days after the request is made.
    The landlord shall not arbitrarily or unreasonably refuse consent to an assignment of a rental
    unit to a potential assignee.
    A landlord who has given general consent to the assignment of the rental unit may
    subsequently refuse consent of the rental unit to a specific potential assignee.
    A tenant may only be charged the landlord’s reasonable out of pocket expenses incurred in
    giving consent to an assignment to a potential assignee.
    To avoid confusion when calculating the seven day response period, it is advisable to include a
    provision in the tenancy agreement requiring the tenant to request the assignment in writing.

  5. Luc Rioux says:

    i would talk to landlord first she if willing to let you go at no expense and if he agrees to that make sure you have it on paper as proof so he doesent come back after …and if he says no then you can try to find some one to take over the reste of lease but make sure to have good solid paper making sure they ae responsible for full rent and damage to place if they du any and not you ……

  6. Ryan Willson says:

    Offer him a cash to get out of lease say 300

  7. Linda C. Makela says:

    Usually so long as the landlord can find another tenant there’s no problem.

  8. Benni Noris says:

    Well the first thing you should do is say “hey landlord, I got a job offer in TO and have to move. Can you let me out of my lease early?” and there’s a good chance that the landlord will say “I’m not a douchebag, so yes you can, I’ll start advertising for a new tennant.” and problem solved.

  9. James Schmidt says:

    Begin by smashing the toilets. Then , clog up all the drains around the house and turn the water on for all the taps. After that a few holes in the drywall should be a nice addition.

    Then just move all your shit out but don’t forget to leave all your garbage behind and maybe piss on the carpets too.

    If you really want to break your lease, take a shit somewhere that it’ll take them a long time to find it, like behind the stove or fridge.

  10. Jesse Landry says:

    Try talking to the landlord you wrote up the lease with. In most cases they can be reasonable with a good excuse such as a job. You might have to compromise on a months rent but you two should be able to work something out that is fair for both parties. Dont go the legal route without talking with him/her first. Cant hurt.

  11. Cheryl says:

    I am currently looking for a place. Depending on the location, price & other particulars I may be interested. If your landlord is willing, they could end your lease agreement early & I could sign my own new one? If U provide a way for me to contact you we could discuss this. Thx

  12. Tara Major says:

    Give your 2 months notice and move. Every single lease is breakable in Ontario with 2 months notice. No matter what.

    • Chanel Pfahl says:

      Really? Isn’t it two months notice once you’re out of your lease?

    • Tara Major says:

      Chanel Pfahl absolutely not! Most leases have it stipulated in the fine print that you need 60 days notice to vacate the lease. Ontario does not lock you into any lease agreement as long as provide proper 2 months notice to the landlord.

  13. PamelaTerry Williamson says:

    Call Melissa Gravestock Paralegal Services, she can give you the information you need…

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