You've been transferred to the Tokyo office. Your L.A. girlfriend gave you an ultimatum: move out west or call it quits. You’ve lost your job and suddenly that extra bedroom is an impossible luxury. Whatever the reason, you have to break your lease. Still, you can’t just pack up and leave.
A lease is a legal contract. In short, it's binding. You’ll either have to find a way to uphold your end of the bargain, convince your landlord to let you out, or find a reason to void the agreement.
“The best policy is to be open and honest with the landlord,” says Gus Waite, a rental broker with Coldwell Banker AC Lawrence, so contact yours or the management company to let them know you’ll be leaving the apartment earlier than expected.
From there, you have a few options. We’ve rounded up the main exit strategies below, as well as how to execute them with a minimum of friction and the lightest blow to your wallet.