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What is a broken lease?

A broken lease occurs when one of the contract parties, the lessor or the lessee, terminates the agreement before all pre-set terms are met. For example, if you are renting an apartment in a one-year lease, but you move out at nine months and are only paid up for nine months, you are breaking the lease.

The eviction process

Most jurisdictions do not permit the landlord to evict a tenant without first taking legal action to do so (commonly referred to as a "self-help" eviction; such actions include changing locks, removing items from the premises, or terminating utility services). Such evictions are generally illegal at any time during the process (including after a landlord wins an eviction suit); a tenant facing such measures may sue the landlord. However, self-help evictions may be permitted in some jurisdictions when commercial tenants are involved, as opposed to residential tenants. 


Prior to filing a suit in court for eviction, generally the landlord must provide written notice to the tenant (commonly called a notice to quit or notice to vacate). The residential and commercial ordinances created jurisdictions preventing landlords from taking any action that may force a tenant out of their premises. These actions include, but are not limited to, force and threats, removing essential services, demolishing the property, or interfering with entrance locks. 

Lawsuit and trial

If the tenant remains in possession of the property after the notice to vacate has expired, the landlord can then serve the tenant with a lawsuit.

Depending on the jurisdiction, the tenant may be required to submit a written response by a specified date, after which time another date is set for the trial. Other jurisdictions may simply require the tenant to appear in court on a specified date. Eviction cases are often expedited since the issue is time-sensitive (the landlord loses rental income while the tenant remains in possession). A jury trial may be requested by either party, however until the late 2000s that was very uncommon.

Removal from the property

As mentioned above, most jurisdictions do not allow a landlord to evict a tenant without legal action being taken first, even if the landlord is successful in court.

Instead, the landlord would have to obtain a writ of possession from the court and present it to the appropriate law enforcement officer. The officer then posts a notice for the tenant on the property that the officer will remove the tenant and any other people on the property, though some jurisdictions will not enforce the writ if, on that day, inclement weather is taking place.[6]

With the removal of the tenant also comes the removal of their personal belongings. If the tenant leaves behind anything of value, there is a universal custom (but no law) for the landlord to hold onto the left-behind belongings for 30 days. After these 30 days the landlord is able to sell the left-behind property, usually in an auction, to satisfy any over due rent arrears.

Bad Credit, Eviction, Bankruptcy Approved!

For any renter, looking for an apartment, it is a time-consuming process. There is so much involved when looking for an apartment on your own. People are busy nowadays and may not have time to find their most ideal place to rent for the best price. For those who have issues with their credit and/or rental history, will have even more of a difficult time looking for a place to rent. Dealing with credit issues can be discouraging when looking for an apartment.You deserve to have a nice place to live, and we are prepared to help you locate a place that will approve you regardless if you have an eviction, broken lease, lien, repossession, delinquencies or something else on your credit or rental history.

There are over 45 million people across the nation who have insufficient or bad credit! You are not alone! You are entitled to be able to rent an apartment, and we will happily help you find it. Our Second Chance Apartment listing is the best resource to helping renters find perfect 2nd chance apartments in Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Miami, Minneapolis-St.Paul, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Riverside, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Francisco, Seattle-Tacoma, St.Louis, Tampa FL, Washington D.C. Again, our second chance apartment listing is available for just $25.