Does Moving out of an Apartment Early Affect Your Credit?

by Fraser Sherman
The cheapest solution when breaking a lease is to offer a good replacement tenant.

Breaking your lease and moving out doesn't affect your credit score. However, a lease is a legally binding document so you inspect it to see if it details what the penalty will be for leaving early. If no fee is described, speak to your landlord and come to an agreement on a penalty.

Credit Consequences

If you can't pay the landlord, that by itself won't show up on your credit history. However, your landlord can hire a collection agency to hound you for money. The agency can notify credit bureaus about the unpaid rent checks. Another risk is that your landlord takes you to court. If the landlord wins, the judgment goes on your history, too. Once nonpayment is on your credit history, it's there for seven years.

About the Author

A graduate of Oberlin College, Fraser Sherman began writing in 1981. Since then he's researched and written newspaper and magazine stories on city government, court cases, business, real estate and finance, the uses of new technologies and film history. Sherman has worked for more than a decade as a newspaper reporter, and his magazine articles have been published in "Newsweek," "Air & Space," "Backpacker" and "Boys' Life." Sherman is also the author of three film reference books, with a fourth currently under way.

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