How do I break my lease due to drug activity in the apartment below me?

Last night I got home from work to find the SWAT team coming out of my apartment building. They let me enter the building and go to my apartment. The apartment below me had the door kicked in and smoke coming out of it. I didn't feel safe so I pack my bags and stayed the night somewhere else. When I was leaving

Last night I got home from work to find the SWAT team coming out of my apartment building. They let me enter the building and go to my apartment. The apartment below me had the door kicked in and smoke coming out of it. I didn't feel safe so I pack my bags and stayed the night somewhere else. When I was leaving I asked one of the cops to tell me what was going on. The man I spoke to introduced himself as the lead investigator with narcotics. He said the man that was living below me had been running his drug operation out of his apartment. This man is known to be a very violent criminal so that had to bring in the SWAT team and throw a smoke bomb in his apartment to take him in. They also found large amounts of heroin in the apartment.
The neighborhood I live in is supposed to be pretty quiet and is surrounded by million dollar homes. When I signed the lease the landlord also told me its a very safe and quiet neighborhood. I feel unsafe returning and need to know what actions I should take in order to terminate my lease without any consequences.

Other answer:

shy:
you don't at least not without paying what ever lease break fee was stated in the lease… the landlord is not responsible for crimes committed by others… the landlord has done nothing wrong here, they have not violated the lease therefor you have no legal grounds to break it without paying…
loanmasterone:
You are not able to breach your lease agreement, because of criminal activity in and around your rental unit.

You signed a lease agreement with your landlord. Was your landlord involved in the criminal activity?

If you decide to breach your lease agreement, you would be required to pay a financial penalty. Normally this penalty is 3 months rent or until your vacancy is rented again which ever come first.

You should check with the local landlord tenant group to find out the penalty and reasons for breaching a lease in your state. Normally this information is offered at no cost to you.

You would need to google for this agency followed by the city and state in which you reside.

I hope this has been of some benefit to you, good luck.

"FIGHT ON"

coraann:
Not possible.
Elaine M:
If the guy is out, the problem is no longer there.
JMITW:
nope…unless the landlord continues to allow illegal activity, you can't break the lease
R P:
If your lease contains an early termination clause, pay the fees as outlined and move.

Your landlord is not responsible for crime in the area and you cannot force him to allow you to terminate the lease without penalty.

Lolly:
Start by asking your landlord to let you out of your lease.
babyboomer1001:
You can't. You don't actually think the landlord was involved do you? So, since he did not cause it and has no involvement, what makes you think you can punish him? The druggies are not interested in you. Go home. They will soon learn that their dealer is in prison and will eventually stop coming around.
anonimitie:
By paying the penalties you agreed to in the lease.
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