What is the name of your state (Pennsylvania)?
I signed onto a 12 month lease as of November 1st, 2008 and want to move out early in order to take advantage of the first time homebuyer tax credit. I read the entire lease and it does not say anything about what the consequences are for breaking the lease. Can anyone shed some light on what should happen here? Should there be a 60 day notification, 1-2 month(s) penalty, etc?
I consider myself to be a very fair person and contacted the landlord two weeks ago about this situation. I even offered to find an individual that will sign onto a new 12 month lease if she'd like. The landlord never replied to my email and has done a horrible job of communicating with me. Annother instance of the communication issue is when heat bill was over 1200 dollars for the past few months and I keep the heat at 63 degrees. I asked to see the furnace for my apartment in the basement in order to check the filter. They simply said it was clean, so I asked again stating that I wanted to check with my own eyes. They never responded to this request. Another example is when my refrigerator was not working properly- they asked me to describe the problem and I did. Then they told me the step by step process to making the repairs. This wasn't because they were out of town or anything, just so they didn't have to take the time to fix the fridge.
Some other things they have neglected is the water damage I mentioned to the tiles on the shower walls, weekly cleaning of the hall/stairway (this is a privately owned 4 apartment building), shoveling snow off the sidewalk and driveway in the winter, and sanding/salting the steps and sidewalk. The lease clearly states that the Landlord is responsible for maintenace of the common facilities and roadways on their property.
In short, they have not been performing their duties as requested/obligated. This bothers me seeing how I pay 1,150 dollars a month for an apartment in Pittsburgh. I'm not trying to use this as a reason for breaking the lease, but if they try to add on penalties for breaking the lease is it possible for me to somehow use this to my advantage? I really just want to break the lease with no additional consequences, but I want to be fair for how things are handled here. Please advise.
Thanks in advance for your help!