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5 Things That You Need to Know About Breaking a Lease in Idaho

Realty Management Associates - Thursday, November 1, 2018
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Idaho, just like other states, views a lease agreement as a legally binding contract. As such, both Idaho landlords and the tenants must abide by its terms until it expires. Nevertheless, there are certain situations that may compel you to break the lease early.

For example, maybe, you are now a divorcee and is looking to downsize. Or perhaps, you need to move closer to your new place of work.

Depending on the reason, you, the renter, may or may not be legally justified to break the lease. 


Tenant Rights and Responsibilities When Signing a Lease in Idaho


A lease obligates you for the entire period of the agreement, which usually lasts for 1 year. During this period, both you and the landlord must adhere to the lease terms.

For example, the landlord is not legally allowed to evict you without a legal cause. In addition, they cannot raise the rent price unless the Idaho lease agreement says otherwise.

It's important to keep in mind that the Idaho landlord-tenant law requires that tenants carry out their duties. For instance, making timely rent payments and maintaining the rental. 



Consequences of Breaking a Lease Without Justification


Moving for military reasons is a good example of a legally justified reason to break an Idaho lease agreement early. 

However, breaking a lease for the wrong reasons could have major consequences. Tenants could:


·Face civil lawsuits

It’s true that a divorce, an illness, or a job loss can negatively impact someone’s finances and hinder their ability to pay rent on time. But sadly, these aren’t legally justified reasons to break an apartment lease early.


·Have difficulty renting a new place

Savvy landlords always screen their prospective tenants. If a prospective renter has a record of poor payment habits, breach of contract, or an eviction history, no landlord would feel comfortable having them as their tenant.


·Have a poor credit judgment

A landlord will most likely report a breach of contract to the bureaus. This will cause the tenant’s credit score to drop.


How to Break an Idaho Lease Agreement Without Penalty 


1.  Landlord fails to maintain fit and habitable housing.

Landlords have a legal responsibility to keep their rental property in safe and sound condition. Some common responsibilities include:

  • Following health and safety codes
  • Performing repairs
  • Keeping the common area clean
  • Providing proper trash bins
  • Making sure the property has running water at all times

Failure to do any of these, and a renter may be able to break the lease without incurring any penalties.


2.  Landlord interferes with the tenants ability to enjoy their home.

Every tenant in Idaho has the right to the quiet enjoyment of their home. In other words, once the lease is signed the landlord gives up the right to enter the tenants rental unit as they please. To enter, adequate notice must be given to the tenant. Even then, the renter may have the right to deny or accept their request.

In the state of Idaho, landlords generally request to enter a rental unit for reasons such as:

  • In case the tenant has abandoned the premises
  • To make repairs
  • Under court orders
  • To show the apartment to prospective tenants
  • To inspect the unit



3.  Beginning military service.

Renters can also break a lease without incurring penalties if they are beginning active military service. After receiving the orders, they then need to give the landlord a 30-days’ notice.


4.  Job Relocation or family health problems.

In Idaho, renters may also break the lease without losing a buck if the reason is due to job relocation or medical problems. In either case, the renter must to give the landlord a thirty days’ written notice. 


5.  Victim of domestic violence.

Idaho landlord-tenant law allows survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking or unlawful harassment to break their lease. Such tenants will need to give their landlords a 30-days’ notice prior to the desired date of termination.


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