flagLandlord-tenant laws are set up to make sure that both parties are protected from any wrong-doing. They provide securities to both landlords and tenants that encourage both sides to be responsible adults in the way they conduct their business. They are not perfect and there will always be people will try to find a quick and easy way around, but in general they're meant to keep everyone happy and safe.

As with most rules, there are exceptions. While the majority of tenants that come through your property cannot cut their lease short due to a transfer in their job, a military tenant is likely to be your exception. There are times when they receive little advanced notice as to where they will be going. Their orders may have them transferred clear across the country or even deploying to a foreign country. If this happens, it's always best to have an open conversation with them. Just because you are required (in most cases) to release them from their commitment to your property and the lease that you both signed, that doesn't mean that both parties must suffer in it.

Leaving early because they have received deployment orders or relocation orders will not show on a military tenants record, but likely they've been in this situation before. You may ask if they have an referrals for the property. They may have a buddy that is coming into town at the same time that they are leaving. If so, it may work out well so that that friend or colleague can take over the remainder of the lease.

POSTED July 22 2014 10:32 AM

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