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Landlord Tenant Tips: Early Termination of Lease by a Military Servicemember


Question from Landlord: A current resident received military orders relocating him across the country in two weeks. The resident put in a notice of intent to terminate the lease early. Can the resident terminate his lease early, and if so, when will the lease terminate?

Answer: Yes, pursuant to the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), 50 U.S.C. Ann. § 3955, active duty servicemembers may terminate their lease early when they receive certain military orders so long as the resident serves you with written notice of intent to terminate the lease along with a copy of the military orders.  If the lease requires monthly payments of rent, then the lease termination date will be 30 days after the first date on which the next payment is due.


This answer is specific to Virginia. Please call me for additional information if your property is located in Maryland or DC.  

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Crystal KramerCrystalKramer_lores is an attorney in the Landlord Representation Group. Crystal’s practice is focused on representation of landlords and property managers of residential and commercial real estate in Virginia. This representation includes Fair Housing disputes and all litigation associated with lease disputes, including breach of lease, unlawful detainer actions, and tenant’s assertion actions.






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