I’ve rented a lot of places in my life. In fact, since neither Christian or I have ever bought a house before, we’ve rented ALL our residences for the past 14 years or so. We have typically found all leases to be the same regarding the penalties for breaking the lease. Maybe we were lucky and we’ve always rented from good landlords, or apartment complexes that were well-resourced. But we have never encountered a lease we couldn’t break by simply paying a fee. In fact, when I accidentally found myself being stalked by a crazy guy in my first apartment in Dallas, I broke the year-long lease there after only 3 months. Yes, I had to pay a fee equal to 3 months rent, but it was worth it to get rid of the stalker.
It turns out that the lease on the house we are currently renting is different. There is apparently a clause in this lease specifying that if we leave before the lease term is up, we are still responsible for continuing to pay the rent every month throughout the remainder of the lease period unless we personally find someone else to start a new lease. What?! Yeah. In this case, that means through May.
Needless to say, we aren’t exactly resourced in a way that will allow us to pay both our rent and a mortgage for 6 months.
I am asking a little favor from my blogging friends who live in DFW or might know people in the area – please help us rent this house!
Here is a link to the Craigslist ad. I am changing the link every day so I can re-list the house at the top of the rental results, but I will also update this post to the new link. Please pass it on, and I appreciate your help!