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Ask Curbed: Moving Back Home, How Do I Break My Lease?

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We have a feeling this reader isn't alone in asking this question: "I come to you in a time of distress. I have a lease with 8 months remaining and unfortunately I cannot pay for my apartment anymore. You guessed it - the economy. I have to move back home to the parents in the suburbs. Anyway, I was wondering how I can break my lease without it ruining my record? Can I site financial problems? The violence in the area has gotten pretty bad, can I make that my reason? I live in the City of Los Angeles. I tried looking at the city page and can't find anything. Help!"
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