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I have lived in a rental home in San Juan w my family for 5 months and we are all very unhappy in PR:( We are moving back to the states and have negotiated a price to pay to the landlord.  

My question is if he gets the house re rented are we still obligated to pay him the negotiated price for the rest of the term of the lease or will that void our contract?

Thank you,

Dear Heidi:

Thank you for posting your question.  A lease agreement can be terminate IF the parties enter into a settlement on the termination absent a termination clause within the lease agreement.  If you "negotiated a price to pay the landlord" for you to terminate the lease, then you pay that amount to terminate the lease, period.  Once a settlement is in place, whether the landlord is able to rent it afterwards (or not) would be his problem.

Please note that I am only stating what is commonly agreed to under Puerto Rico Law.  Do not consider this response as a legal opinion upon which you should make a decision about your situation.  Consider at all pertinent times, that you may need to engage legal counsel to look into your situation and issue a legal opinion based on the specific facts and/or contract terms.


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Santiago F. Lampón


Real Estate, Inheritance, Notary, Corporate and Contract Law in Puerto Rico. Purchasing and selling real estate in Puerto Rico, including the use of powers of attorney as required. The difference between being a notary in Puerto Rico when compared to the commonly known functions of notaries in the US and other countries. Fully bilingual (English and Spanish).


Have been practicing law for 22 years. Main area of practice is Real Estate and Inheritance Law issues, also working with Corporate Law aspects associated with executing real estate transactions in Puerto Rico. Mainly working with non-residents of Puerto Rico helping them handle their real estate transactions in Puerto Rico.

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Admitted to practice in Puerto Rico by the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico. Also admitted to the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico.

Awards and Honors
Law School Honor Graduate (Magna Cum Laude); Law Review Editor-in-Chief; Various recognition while in private practice; active participant in social betterment activities.

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