By Chris Kramer
If you're going through a divorce while renting an apartment, you may be wondering what will become of your lease. Divorce is a major life change, and it's good to know what your options are regarding your living situation. Due to financial issues or other changes, your living situation may change, so knowing what a divorce means for your obligations can be helpful.
Figuring out the terms of your lease is the first step to figuring out what happens to it while filing for divorce. Beyond that, you may wish to consult with somebody who understands the divorce process better. Fill out the following case review form to get in touch with a local divorce lawyer who can help you determine your next steps.
In the divorce process, what happens with your apartment lease depends primarily on whose name is on the lease:
If you are still on a lease, but need to move out due to financial or other reasons, your best option may be to speak to your landlord about it. In many situations, you may be able to work something out if you or the landlord is able to find somebody else to rent.
You will likely be liable for rent until a new tenant is found, as well as costs associated with finding a new tenant, such as advertising. Depending on your situation, this may be an option – though you are legally bound by the renter's agreement, with advance notice landlords may be inclined to find a new tenant.
Figuring out what to do with an apartment lease as you go through divorce is but one of many factors to account for. You may wish to speak with somebody who can provide you with advice about divorce laws in your state to understand how best to work your lease out. Get in touch with a divorce lawyer at 877-349-1311 or fill out the following form to get legal advice on how to handle the process.
The above summary is for informational purposes only and is not legal advice. For legal advice on your particular situation, consult a local divorce attorney.