Ask the Attorney: Tenant Breaching Contract and Vacating Early. Wishes for Additional Copy of the Lease.

AttorneyThe Landlord Protection Agency® presents John Reno, Esq., a highly experienced Landlord – Tenant attorney based on Long Island, NY.

Q:  Dear Mr. Reno:
Ursula & we reside in MN. We have a tenant in a 3 year lease on our home (we only have 1 rental property) who now wants to break the lease 8 months early because they have bought a house (without notifying us or asking prior). We are going into the worst time of year in our region (ie fall / winter) to try to release the home & do not want to accept it, esp because they have offered nothing to mitigate the hassle factor.

They are now claiming they never received a copy of the executed lease, when they absolutely did the day they moved in. It is in my best interests to simply provide it or would we have the option to not provide a new copy telling them it was their responsibility to keep their copy of it for reference or charge a fee for making new copies & mailing? We don’t want to be improper in our response to them but have no prior experience in these two issues. Many thanks in advance. I am grateful to have found this site & impressed with the information I have been reading. Have a great weekend & thanks again. – Ursula in MN

A:  Fork it over. If that comes to court and you refused a lease, you’ll look like the bad guy. And what are you afraid of? The lease backs up your position.

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