If you’ve been looking at downtown Boston condo for sale or you just want a change of scenery, moving can be complicated if you signed a lease for your current place. It doesn’t mean it’s impossible to move, however. Here are a few tips to get out of a lease agreement (and keep the peace).

1. Talk with Your Landlord

Start a conversation with your landlord and explaining your reasons for moving. If you’re looking to move because you can’t stand your neighbor’s bad habits or because there is something you don’t like about the Boston condo, the landlord or property manager can likely help alleviate the situation. Most property managers would rather work with current tenants than deal with finding new ones. If you’re moving for work or family issues, you might be surprised how understanding your landlord is (and you likely aren’t the first person to ever break a lease).

2. Move Up or Down

If the reason you want to break the lease has more to do with size or cost, check with property management about moving into a bigger or smaller Boston condo. If there is no availability in your current building, there might be something in a sister property that fits your new needs. You might have to sign a new lease, but you likely won’t be penalized for breaking your current one.

3. Negotiate at the Beginning

The best way to get out of a lease is to negotiate the terms up front before signing. When you move to a new building, see about negotiating things like a relocation clause or a clause that will let you out of your lease without penalty in the event of a big life event (and define the events).

If you’re over renting and leases and ready to own your own place, work with one of our friendly and experienced agents. Downtown Boston is our specialty, and we can show you lofts and condos for sale in downtown Boston,Beacon Hill, Midtown, and more. Give us a call today at 617-720-5454 or check out our inventory online.

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Author Profile

John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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John Ford and his staff can be reached at 617-595-3712 or 617-720-5454. Please feel free to stop by John's Boston Beacon Hill office located at 137 Charles Street.

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