When a lease is signed it is with the intention of keeping both parties stable for the time noted in the lease. There are times that the tenant needs to break the lease for a valid reason such as a a job change. Your tenant should always provide you a written notification if they are looking to break their lease for any reason. Common ground can sometimes be found where both parties can benefit if the tenant is willing to help fill the vacancy. That way you are not caught without a tenant to pay rent and they are able to leave with a good reference from you. In some places, such as California, the tenant leaving may be responsible for the cost of advertising and other costs brought on by the sudden need to fill the unit. If the unit is not rented immediately, the tenant may be required to continue paying the duration of their lease.
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