Breaking a lease doesn't necessarily mean you'll be on the hook for the rest of the rent. Learn when you can legally break your lease, and even if you can't, what your landlord must do to try to rerent.
How Evictions Work: What Renters Need to Know
Landlords can't just lock you out, even if you are behind on rent. They must get a court judgment first.
Rent Payment History on Your Credit Report? What Tenants Need to Know
New credit reporting practice tracks rent delinquencies and non-payment of rent.
State Laws Prohibiting Landlord Retaliation
In most states, landlords cannot retaliate against a tenant for exercising a legal right. Here's a synopsis of those laws.
Tenants' Rights: When to Hire a Lawyer
Lawyers are expensive, but there are times when hiring one may be necessary to protect your rights as a renter.
Changing Your Tenancy Without Ending It
How the landlord may (or may not) make changes during your month-to-month tenancy or lease
How Month-to-Month Tenancies End
A month-to-month tenancy renews (sometimes termed “rolls over”) every 30 days.
Legal Protections for Tenants Who Are Victims of Domestic Violence
Your state law may give victims of domestic violence the right to move out early.
When a Roommate Moves Out
What to do if a roommate moves out before a lease ends.
Breaking a Lease and Leaving Early
Landlords must take reasonable steps to rerent the place if you break a lease (you won't always be on the hook for rent for the remainder of the lease term).
When Your Lease or Rental Agreement Ends FAQ
Frequently asked questions on security deposits and evictions.
Get Your Security Deposit Back
Don't let your landlord stiff you -- know the law.
Deducting Cleaning and Repairs Costs From a Security Deposit
Landlords are permitted to deduct from security deposits for damage or excessive filth, but not for ordinary wear and tear.
Chart: Deadline for Returning Security Deposits, State-by-State
State deadlines for itemizing and returning tenants' security deposits.
Tenants Caught in Foreclosure: Who Gets the Rent?
Learn to whom tenants should pay rent when landlords fall into foreclosure.
Foreclosure and Renting to a New Tenant: Tenant Remedies
If a landlord rents out property knowing it will soon be in foreclosure, what can the tenant do?
Rights of Renters in Foreclosure
Federal legislation signed in May 2009 gives important rights to tenants whose landlords have lost their properties through foreclosure.