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  • q-school
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    for me, if there were any part that made med school bearable, it was hanging out with my lovable loser classmates and commiserating.  Also helped to encourage accountability for study when weak.

    i lived with family one year and it was the hardest year--if i could change one part of med school, i would just suck it up and live in an apartment that year.   plus i think it may be healthier for you long term-have to learn to compromise living with other adults, have to learn to cook and clean and other things that prepare you for the rest of life.

    i also think a lot of the medical school information is communicated informally.

    jmo.

    at least try it for the first year.  or keep the apartment for the week and come home on weekends.  in the scheme of things, it's not that much money.

    good luck.

     

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  • Brains428
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    Are you going to suicide match to stay with your family also? Time to fly away from the nest... it's only 15 minutes away.

    In terms of breaking the lease... if you all signed separate leases the roommates may not be on the hook for your portion of the rent (I remember some college apartments being like this).  If you can find a sublease, do it now.

     

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  • ENT Doc
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    I haven’t told anyone I want to break the lease because it’s just an idea I had. Getting out of my comfort zone is harder than I estimated it would be.
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    Good.  Tell zero people about this, and I would not advise walking around during orientation searching for someone to replace you when you haven't even told your housemates.  And even if you do tell your housemates and go around doing that it's going to look bad/odd.  Spread your wings a bit.  Get to know your classmates.  Don't make their first memories of you as that person who was trying to get out of a lease because they had second thoughts and wanted to move back in with their parents.

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  • SerrateAndDominate
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    If you’re closer to school, just try it out. Get out of your comfort zone. You may end up studying at a niche on campus most of the time any way. Med school and resident friends are some of the best you’ll make. Pick up tips from them and share study tips.

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  • treesrock
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    Another vote for living with your classmates. There are many reasons for this, but for you specifically getting out of your comfort zone (living with family) now, rather than during residency, will make the transition much easier. You think you’ll miss home now, when you live 15 minutes away and have all the time in the world as a med student? Wait until you end up matching half a country away, living in an unknown city while taking 24 hour call for the first time.

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  • AR
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    If you really want out, what I'd do is ask the landlord and the roommates that if you can find someone to lease in your stead that they are all OK with, then they will let you off the hook and put the new guy on the lease.  Until you find that person (which may be never), then you just pay the rent.  Whether you actually live there is your choice.

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  • Panscan
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    As someone who lived with parents during med school : don't.

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  • Lordosis
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    Isn't there some quote about learning and being uncomfortable?

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  • Tim
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    “Getting out of my comfort zone is harder than I estimated it would be.”

    Homesickness is a very real emotion. I had a roommate freshman year in college that dropped everything during the first semester. Sounds like your recognize you need to become acclimated. It will work out fine. Too much invested not to adjust. You will be fine.

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  • jacoavlu
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    Part of the fun of med school is suffering together. Shared misery. Being close to school is a huge benefit. Even a 15 min commute can be really painful at times.

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  • Hank
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    Can you break the lease?  Sure.  But more importantly, what are the consequences of breaking your contractual obligation?

    First, look to the terms of your rental agreement.  Next, look to relevant state statutes and case law. On the one hand, you have an obligation over the term of the lease.  On the other hand, you have the landlord's duty to mitigate by trying to find another tenant. Furthermore, you may or may not have the right to sublet or provide a substitute tenant.  You also may have your obligations to the other tenants or your breach of obligations to the other tenants, not just to your landlord.

    Quite frankly, if the rent is reasonable, it might be quite a good deal to have two other study buddies in the same house with you.  Mom and dad and siblings are great, but now might well be the time to step up, pay your own rent, establish your own credit history, and live near enough to do laundry at home and enjoy a home cooked meal on Saturday or Sunday, but far enough away that you might bring the occasional date home when you aren't studying your butt off for didactics and Step 1.  Best of luck!

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  • bosoxs505
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    I’m a life long second guesser. I know independent living is going to be a challenge and I am up for it. I haven’t told anyone I want to break the lease because it’s just an idea I had. Getting out of my comfort zone is harder than I estimated it would be.

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  • Lordosis
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    At this point I would just live in the place you rented. If you don't like it you don't have to do more then 1 year. If you really gate it after a month or 2 see what options you have but it looks like you will have to eat the cost. So go with a positive attitude.
    It wouldn't be a bad thing to broaden yourself a little. There is a lot more to medical school then just the medicine. You have to learn how to handle life in conjunction with a crazy workload.
    Good luck.

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  • Tim
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    IF you end up needing to pay, I suggest you take advantage of the opportunity.
    First generation family relying on support system at home. You need to consciously cultivate skills of living independently. This may provide a transition period.
    Weekends at home or however you choose. It’s not just economic from your posting.

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  • jfoxcpacfp
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    Yes, it does sound bad - we all make emotional mistakes, so no condemnation. The document rules, along with how motivated the landlord is to pursue it. I would approach her/him and explain your situation and ask if you can either sublet in your place or be allowed a stated period of time to find a replacement tenant.

    Agree that this sounds like is a kind of $hitty thing to put in your co-tenants’ laps. Of course, I don’t know all the particulars. If it were me, I think I would at least offer to cover at least some of the extra costs you are asking them to pay, at a minimum until you find a 3rd tenant (who is agreeable to them).

    Please let this be a lesson as you go through med school and training to become a doctor: emotions don’t belong in financial (and business ?) decisions.

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