As a landlord, there will always come a time when a tenant wants to break a lease, early. Typically, both parties can usually come to an agreement about breaking a lease early (under terms that are usually specified when both parties signed the lease). However, there are certain legal specifications around when a tenant is allowed to break a lease early, and what actions must be taken by the landlord.
One misconception about leases in Utah is that a tenant is unable to break their lease outside of the set lease terms. However, while certain fees may still apply, a landlord can’t just charge you the remainder of rent on your lease. A landlord is legally obligated to make a “reasonable effort” to re-rent a rental unit after a tenant has broken their lease early. If they fail to make this effort, then the tenant won’t be on the hook for the remainder of rent.
However, this doesn’t mean that a landlord needs to accept tenants that don’t qualify for their property, or that they need to attempt to rent the unit for less than market value.
There are exceptions that legally exclude certain groups of people from their obligation to not break their lease. Here are some examples of when these exceptions apply in Utah:
We understand if this all sounds complicated! If you’d rather avoid the headaches of worrying about these lease terms, then it is in your best interest to employ the services of a professional property management company. At Rhino Property Management, we make sure that our clients are getting market value out of their property, and that their property is maintained and their tenants cared for. Give us a call, today, if you have any questions!