Is it possible to get out of a Residential Lease that I signed 4 months ago for a one year agreement?
I am a landlord and also a licensed broker. Aside from simply trying to negotiate with the landlord to break your lease early, there's nothing you can legally do to break it and not be on the hook for the remainder of the lease term. HOWEVER, if you abandon the premises, the landlord has a legal obligation to make his/her "best effort" to re-rent the property out. If the landlord finds a new tenant, then you are off the hook from that point on. Any months during the lease where rent was not paid and the landlord didn't have a new tenant in place, you'll be on the hook for. If you choose not to pay those amounts, the landlord can pursue civil action against you to recover them.Whether your landlord will actually follow the law and make a reasonable effort to re-rent the property out really is determined by whether you were paying above/below market rate for the place, and/or how easy it will be for the landlord to come after you to recover that money.The one thing the landlord can not legally do is collect double rents (i.e from you and a new tenant).
Are there any online lawyer services that allow me to cheaply draw up a lease agreement for renting out my condo?
You can get inexpensive forms from Realtor associations. I am sure that LegalZoom would help you draw up a lease agreement. Nolo might sell forms as well.Keep in mind however, that none of these forms will be specific to your needs. If there is anything special about your needs, these forms will not help you identify them. This is the major risk to using a form that isn’t drawn up specifically for you.Sometimes cheap is fine. Sometimes cheap lends itself to trouble. Alas, you often don’t know which is the case until it is too late. Make sure that anything you get covers not only state law, but any local laws that are relevant to your situation.
How long can a residential lease agreement be?
How long can a residential lease agreement be?For Colorado, United States:Colorado has no laws in place that requires a minimum or maximum term. Your state and locality may have laws that address lease terms, so make sure you check on local law.For practical purposes, if residential real estate is leased to a real person, the term of the lease would be limited only by the life of the person. Beyond the end of a person’s life, the lease would be unenforceable against the decedent unless there are specific terms that addresses the person’s estate’s responsibility to fulfill the terms of the lease.
What is the difference between the Residential Tenancy Agreement and the Agreement to Lease in Ontario?
There’s a few different ways to look at this, depending on your context, but I’ll try to keep this simple and short.A Residential Tenancy Agreement is a legal contract between a landlord and a tenant for a residential unit. It’s a standardized form produced by the Ontario government and as of April 30th, 2018 it is the required form for all residential leases signed on or after that date. It is explicitly governed by the Residential Tenancies Act (2006), the law that covers residential rentals in Ontario.An “agreement to lease” is not specific legally defined form. In most cases, it likely just refers to an older form that was used for many residential leases, produced by the Ontario Real Estate Association. Many (possibly most) residential leases signed in Ontario in the last 20 or so year, but before April 20th, 2018, were done using this form.However, it’s worth noting that the term an “agreement to lease” has also been used for pre-lease forms (basically an application) as well as for commercial, industrial, machinery and many other leases.
How can I get out of my residential lease?
By removing the landlord's reason for objecting to it. Most landlords aren't interested in a tenant's life circumstances or their complaints about the apartment, they simply want the rent paid by a responsible tenant. Use Craigslist or other local advertisement to find a qualified replacement tenant who is willing to take over your lease or, preferably, to sign a new lease with the landlord. Once you've found someone, then contact the landlord and request consent to assign your lease to this new party or, preferably, to terminate your lease without penalty subject to acceptance of your replacement tenant. That's how to get out of a residential lease.
How can I get out of my lease in Toronto? I signed a residential lease for a condo unit. It has been unofficially finalized. I haven't received any communication as of yet. I am due to receive the keys in 2-3 days. Is there anything I can do?
You should contact a licensed lawyer or paralegal in Toronto who is familiar with residential tenancy law and who can provide you with proper legal advice. Don’t depend upon “advice” from random strangers on the Internet.