I just completed my first quarter as a grad student, and I’m not real happy with the program I chose. For the past four months or so I’ve been looking for a full-time job, but with the way things are out there these days, I’m not expecting to find anything anytime soon. In the meantime, I’m starting to look into other Master’s programs. Both my job and school searches are on a national level.
The thing is, my apartment lease is up in February, and I’ll have to let them know if I plan to renew by the middle of next month. With the way things are up in the air right now, I’m really hesitant to sign a new 12-month lease - I’d like to think that within the next six months I’ll be moving to another area. But if I go month-to-month, I’m guessing the rent will be a couple hundred more each month, and it would really suck to do that and wind up still being here a year from now.
So, how hard is it to break a lease? I really hope this doesn’t get construed as asking for legal advice, because that is not what I’m after. I’m curious if anyone has had to do it, and whether it was painless, or a pain in the ass, or what… and I’m also wondering what others might do in my situation, faced with this choice.
Oh, and AFAIK, my complex doesn’t offer a six-month option, only the full year. They’re part of a nationwide chain of apartment complexes, and they have a policy where one can move to any complex in their organization without breaking the lease. There are many major markets where they don’t have a presence, though, and I’m not about to limit my job/school search to markets where they are.