Can a tenant break a lease early?

Tenants are allowed to break a lease early under the following conditions:

  • Starting active military duty
  • You or a family member are a domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, or elder abuse victim
  • The unit is inhabitable and/or violates California Health or Safety Codes
  • Your landlord harasses you and/or violates your privacy rights (See Privacy)


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