If I want to move out before the end of my lease term, can my landlord require me to pay a fee for marketing to find a replacement tenant if I found one on my own?
Question Details: I signed a lease break addendum that requires me to pay $900 for the property to be marketed. The landlord hasn't signed and I found a qualified tenant, who is going to pay $150 extra a month on top of what I pay and they were approved by the landlord. The landlord is now asking me for my $900 fee and I am seeking advice on whether I am legally obligated to pay since I found the tenant and it was never marketed.
If you signed the addendum, which is a contract, you are legally obligated to pay what it requires you to pay, when it says you must pay it. So if the addendum says that you must in all cases pay the $900 marketing fee for breaking your lease--i.e. it doesn't say that you only have to pay it IF the landlord does in fact have to market it--then you have to pay. The addendum is enforceable as per its plain terms.