Tenant wanting to break lease in Massachusetts

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By law, when a tenant with a lease wants to move out the tenant must still pay the monthly lease payments until you find another tenant. It is your legal obligation to find a tenant as soon as possible. It is also in your current tenant's best interest to work with you to help find a new tenant and to show the rental unit.

The best thing you can do when a tenant wants to break a lease is to explain, in a nice way, the legal requirements for both parties and try to work together.

We get a few tenants every year who sign leases, stay one day, one week, or a month or so and want to move out. It is a part of doing business. While every property owner wants their 'good' tenants to stay for life because we make more profit, we must also be honest with ourselves when someone breaks a lease and we must calculate the true amount of money we lose, if any, and that is what we try to recover from our tenants when they break the lease. Otherwise, everything can turn into arguments, hate and mental anguish. 

Many thanks @Jack Orthman!

Originally posted by @Jack Orthman:

By law, when a tenant with a lease wants to move out the tenant must still pay the monthly lease payments until you find another tenant. It is your legal obligation to find a tenant as soon as possible. It is also in your current tenant's best interest to work with you to help find a new tenant and to show the rental unit.

The best thing you can do when a tenant wants to break a lease is to explain, in a nice way, the legal requirements for both parties and try to work together.

We get a few tenants every year who sign leases, stay one day, one week, or a month or so and want to move out. It is a part of doing business. While every property owner wants their 'good' tenants to stay for life because we make more profit, we must also be honest with ourselves when someone breaks a lease and we must calculate the true amount of money we lose, if any, and that is what we try to recover from our tenants when they break the lease. Otherwise, everything can turn into arguments, hate and mental anguish. 

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