If you own a condo or house, your move will be as straightforward as listing your house for sale and shopping for a new place to live. But if you are renting, you may need to break your lease.

Will you be able to break your lease to get away from a problem with a neighbor? That depends on your landlord and the type of agreement that you have with your landlord. Your landlord may be willing to let you out of the lease once you've explained the problem. If you have rented a property without a lease, you can break the agreement at any time, as long as you provide your landlord with written notice.

You will have a much more difficult time breaking a lease if you have signed a lease to rent a property for a specific amount of time. This agreement may not be broken by the landlord or tenant except under special circumstances. You can break a lease if your landlord significantly violates its terms. Violations, in terms of tenant relation issues, might include a landlord failing to comply with laws that pertain to the health or safety of building tenants. Contact a lawyer or visit law resource sites online for more information on your specific situation.

If you break the lease you will be responsible for the remaining rent that is due, although most states require a landlord to find a new tenant and, when this occurs, not charge you for the remaining rent.