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We are moving and asked that a military clause be included to the new rental agreement. They've included one but it states that we would have to pay a "transfer fee" of one months rent to terminate the lease. Can they charge a fee for terminating a lease due to a miliatry move?

by on May. 4, 2012 at 3:35 PM
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nathansmommy331
by on May. 4, 2012 at 5:08 PM
Look up laws dealing w/ military or soilders & sailors act.
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Dani_Lynn
by on May. 4, 2012 at 5:13 PM
This

Quoting SierraLynn:

That's how our leases have always read.



Quoting Soniam301:

It mainly applies if you are giving less than a 30 day notice.

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momtimesx4
by Member on May. 4, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Have the new rental agreement looked at by the base housing office and JAG to make sure it is in compliance with local and fed laws before you sign it.  Too many landlords try to take advantage of PCS moves.

gunsgirl
by Silver Member on May. 5, 2012 at 9:32 AM

they actually cannot assess any fees for early termination- the law states that they do not have to prorate the rent and that you are responsible for the full 30 days after giving notice.

but they cannot legally assess termination fees- take it to jag before you sign it.

aplus6
by on May. 5, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Ive never heard of it, I would definitely look into the legality of it.

campbell61
by on May. 5, 2012 at 4:29 PM
If they put that in, I wouldn't sign that lease. Run that by legal.....
xxlilmomma09
by on May. 5, 2012 at 9:48 PM
Yes - they can. And if you signed that, you are responsible for it.

Edit: might vary in different states. All states have different rental laws.
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MrsMWF
by on May. 5, 2012 at 11:46 PM

We haven't signed anything yet. Monday when dh goes into work he's going to take it in and get it checked out. i couldn't find anything specific about state law other than the landlord can't withhold your security deposit if you terminate. To me this seems almost like doing that. They would give us the deposit back but then we would have to pay one months rent in transfer fees??? Seems kind of screwy.

Quoting xxlilmomma09:

Yes - they can. And if you signed that, you are responsible for it.

Edit: might vary in different states. All states have different rental laws.


xxlilmomma09
by on May. 6, 2012 at 12:17 AM
In some states, a landlord is allowed to enter whatever stipulations they want. I don't see why a fee would be necessary, as long as you still provide ample advance noticed, but the landlord might have whatever reason for doing it.

Quoting MrsMWF:

We haven't signed anything yet. Monday when dh goes into work he's going to take it in and get it checked out. i couldn't find anything specific about state law other than the landlord can't withhold your security deposit if you terminate. To me this seems almost like doing that. They would give us the deposit back but then we would have to pay one months rent in transfer fees??? Seems kind of screwy.


Quoting xxlilmomma09:

Yes - they can. And if you signed that, you are responsible for it.



Edit: might vary in different states. All states have different rental laws.


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TamDom12
by on May. 6, 2012 at 3:16 AM
Nope, but what state do you live in? Virginia doesn't .
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