Arm and leg to break rental lease ?

Arm and leg to break rental lease ?
I’ve rented my townhouse for 6 months. I’ve now bought a house, so have too break the yearly lease. The landlord wants 2 months notice (given), repayment of incentive dollars ($110/= a month in rent reduction payback – agreed), cleaning charges (agreed), AND $2,200/= penalty. Has anyone experienced this PENALTY before ? Is this legal & reasonable ? The fine print on the contract vagely refers to this.

2 thoughts on “Arm and leg to break rental lease ?

  1. Re: Arm and leg to break rental lease ?
    It seems your landlord is using unfair tactics to collect fees. A penalty clause in a contract may not be enforceable if it is a liquidated damages clause. Under contract law the landlord is entitled to be comensated for lost damages but the law discourages penalty fees which are unearned liquidated damages. The penalty does not seem legal nor reasonable. However, a threshold question is how much were your monthly rental payments? If the lease was signed in Chicago you will have strong tenant protection law defenses at your disposal. Even if it wasn’t, liquidated damages clauses are discouraged by the courts. I suggest you hire an attorney to negotiate on your behalf.

    Alexander Rozman
    Rozman Law Practice
    2615 North Sheffield
    Chicago, IL 60614

  2. Re: Arm and leg to break rental lease ?
    It would be interesting to read the exact lease provisions as penalties are not favored in the law.

    Charles Dobra
    Charles Wm. Dobra, Ltd.
    675 East Irving Park Road – Suite 100
    Roselle, IL 60172

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