Can I break an apartment lease if the complex is all noise and activity?
I picked this apartment complex because it seemed like a clean and somewhat quiet environment, especially since the rent was sky high. After two weeks of living there I realized what a total zoo I moved into: I have a neighbor above me who constantly fights with her mate, and dogs barking on almost every balcony at every hour of the day and night. I was offered another apartment in another building, but was told I'd have to pay for the cleaning of the apartment I was currently in. I didn't see why since I was only in the apartment for about three weeks at the time.
I want to break the lease but am afraid I won't get my deposit back, even if I give written notice. The manager also told me when I do decide to move out, the tenant is always charged for cleaning the apartment, which he says is legal (I happen to live in California). Is this true?