Many temptations entice apartment tenants to break a lease agreement. Parking in the wrong spot – even though it’s closer to the door; bringing a cat or dog into the home when pets aren’t allowed; subletting if you’ve decided to move elsewhere; not paying rent – the list goes on and on of ways a tenant can break the terms of a lease.
It’s important for tenants to remember that a lease is a contract – a legal document that will be reviewed and analyzed if a landlord decides to evict the tenant, or take him to court for something like failure to pay rent. And since most landlords require tenants to sign a lease agreement, tenants should carefully review all the material included to ensure they agree with the rules stipulated.
A court case and eviction record are the highest consequences a landlord can impose on tenants who break or violate a lease agreement. A court case puts the disagreement between the landlord and tenant in front of a judge or jury. Even if the court sides with the tenant, the record of the court case will appear in the tenant’s rental history file, unless the judge decides to have the records removed.
Notice of eviction not only forces a tenant out of his apartment, it also appears on his rental history report. When the tenant attempts to find a new apartment, landlords will do a rental history check to see what his credit rating is and determine if previous landlords have had complaints or issues with the tenant. An eviction record might cause the potential landlord to look for other applicants that better match what the landlord is looking for in a tenant.
Have you broken a lease agreement, and need to see your rental history report? Get a copy today to check it over for accuracy, and to see what landlords are seeing when they pull your report.