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Can you break your apartment lease if your apartment get burglarized?

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Answered 2007-07-25 23:42:00

Generally, not. Unforeseeable criminal acts are not something your landlord is responsible for.

However, you might have a claim for reduction in rent if there are serious safety or security problems that the landlord is aware of and has failed to repair. For example, the front door of an apartment building should have a sturdy lock and should be self-closing, adequate lighting inside and out, and some method to prevent or deter unauthorized duplication of keys.

You could hire a security company to give you an assessment of your security needs (burglary, fire, gas, mechanical hazards, etc)

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