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    We are renting a home in CT. Our lease was signed last year in April and is up this year in Oct.(18month lease) My mom, who lived with us til passing last year in Sept., was part of the household income. She was not a part of the lease. My husband is unemployed(collecting unemployment) since we leased. He will cease collecting in may this year. We will not be able to pay our rent once unemployment stops. So far, he has been unable to find suitable work. I am working but our rent is about 85% of my income. We have talked to our landlord about breaking our lease. He agreed verbally but when I asked him to initial the changes on our lease, he refused. Is his verbal agreement good enough to protect us if he decides to take us to court? Are there any ways we can legally get out of this lease? My husband has some medical issues and has considered applying for disability but that won't help us short term. I appreciate any information you can provide. Thank you.

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    Re: $$ Issues are causing us to need to break our house rental lease

    Originally posted by spring1303 View Post
    We are renting a home in CT. Our lease was signed last year in April and is up this year in Oct.(18month lease) My mom, who lived with us til passing last year in Sept., was part of the household income. She was not a part of the lease. My husband is unemployed(collecting unemployment) since we leased. He will cease collecting in may this year. We will not be able to pay our rent once unemployment stops. So far, he has been unable to find suitable work. I am working but our rent is about 85% of my income. We have talked to our landlord about breaking our lease. He agreed verbally but when I asked him to initial the changes on our lease, he refused. Is his verbal agreement good enough to protect us if he decides to take us to court? Are there any ways we can legally get out of this lease? My husband has some medical issues and has considered applying for disability but that won't help us short term. I appreciate any information you can provide. Thank you.
    Your financial issues are not the LL's problem. When you realized that your mother's income was a major contribution to your income, and that without it, you'd be in trouble, that was a clue that you and your husband needed to do something else to supplement your income to avoid a financial disaster. And your husband's medical issues are not going to be able to get you out of the lease without penalty, either.

    No, your verbal agreements will be unenforceable if the LL decides to change their mind about it. What's actually in writing will be the governing agreement.

    Here's a thought - get the LL to agree to allow you to sublet and rent out a room for extra income. Presumably, your mother's old room is still available.
    "If it ain't in writing, it never happened."
    "A lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part."
    "You can never make the same mistake twice, because the second time you make it, it's not a mistake, but a CHOICE."

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      Re: $$ Issues are causing us to need to break our house rental lease

      There is no magic fix. If your output is more than your income, then your upkeep will be your downfall.
      Due to a recent promotion, I should now be referred to as Major Obvious.

      I would not be trying to provide information and knowledge if I did not sympathize.

      Some days it is just not worth chewing through the restraints to face life.

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        Re: $$ Issues are causing us to need to break our house rental lease

        Rather than breaking the lease, should we go thru the eviction process? I know it will damage our credit. What are our obligations going forward with that?

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          Re: $$ Issues are causing us to need to break our house rental lease

          You don't evict yourself; the landlord initiates the eviction process. And yes, an eviction will damage your credit history. Have you thought about what sandyclaus suggested? Or perhaps discussing with the landlord that you try to find a suitable replacement tenant to take over the remainder of your lease?

          Gail

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            Re: $$ Issues are causing us to need to break our house rental lease

            Originally posted by spring1303 View Post
            Rather than breaking the lease, should we go thru the eviction process? I know it will damage our credit. What are our obligations going forward with that?
            You are going to need a place to live anyway. You basically have 4 options, give notice so landlord can attempt to find another renter by the end of May (you can hunt for one also). You can just move out and end up with a higher judgment than the last scenario. You can wait to be evicted and really have your credit and rental history trashed or hubby can try and find a job he can to provide enough money to finish out your lease.

            What are his disabilities? What kind of work did he do?
            Due to a recent promotion, I should now be referred to as Major Obvious.

            I would not be trying to provide information and knowledge if I did not sympathize.

            Some days it is just not worth chewing through the restraints to face life.

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            • #7
              Re: $$ Issues are causing us to need to break our house rental lease

              He has diabetes which has resulted in a reoccuring toe issue, diabetic nerve pain in legs and feet and he is legally blind. He has applied for disability but that is a lengthy process. His occupation was in shipping/receiving.

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                Re: $$ Issues are causing us to need to break our house rental lease

                Yes, I have been looking for replacement tenants and he says he has a real estate agent looking, too. Yes, we are considering renting the room, as well.

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                  Re: $$ Issues are causing us to need to break our house rental lease

                  Originally posted by spring1303 View Post
                  He has diabetes which has resulted in a reoccuring toe issue, diabetic nerve pain in legs and feet and he is legally blind. He has applied for disability but that is a lengthy process. His occupation was in shipping/receiving.
                  It should be automatic qualifier if he meets the criteria.

                  2.00-Special Senses and Speech-Adult
                  Due to a recent promotion, I should now be referred to as Major Obvious.

                  I would not be trying to provide information and knowledge if I did not sympathize.

                  Some days it is just not worth chewing through the restraints to face life.

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                    Re: $$ Issues are causing us to need to break our house rental lease

                    A hearing is scheduled and ss asked him to see his eye doctor again before the hearing date.

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