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How Much Does It Cost to Break an Apartment Lease?

Breaking your lease can cost up to three months' rent, but the exact amount will depend on the type of landlord you rent from.

It's not cheap to leave an apartment in the middle of your lease. Most landlords will charge you some kind of lease breakage fee to help cover the cost of re-renting your unit. If you live in a building managed by a large property management firm, they probably have a fee in place that's between one and three months' rent. If you live in a rental unit managed by an individual person, then there's probably more room to negotiate—you might be able to get them to take one month of rent or less.

You may lose your security deposit in addition to lease breakage fees, but this is less common. Landlords usually treat security deposits differently than rent, and will give you your security deposit back after they've inspected the unit (even if you left early and broke your lease).

If that seems like a lot of money, remember that this isn't the only way to get out of a lease early. You've got other options, including subletting or assigning a lease.

The information provided on this website does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice.

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