Monday, March 28, 2005

Case of the Week: 3/1/05

County: Mineral
Age: 83

Our client is an 83-year-old lady who is finding it more difficult to live in her current apartment complex. She contacted West Virginia Senior Legal Aid to see what her rights are under her lease and if she could break it without a penalty. I reviewed her lease and contacted management. Although not included in the lease terms, management informed me that it is their policy that when tenants leave due to medical necessity they will be released from the lease without penalty. The reason being is that the management understands that sometimes tenants need to move to apartment complexes more suitable to their needs. My client was prepared to forfeit her security deposit, but is happy that that will no longer be the case as she is moving due to medical necessity.

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