Question ID: 23570

As Salaamu Alaykum Mufti
I have a written lease agreement with my landlord for 1 year and I am currently 6 months into the lease.
The lease makes no provision for cancellation and I will only be allowed to leave the premises once the lease expires ie after the 1 year period.
Now, if I want to cancel the lease the landlord can sue me for the balance of the lease agreement ie Rental for 6 months. This is what im told by several people in the legal profession.
My questions are as follows:-
1. Am I allowed in terms of Islamic Law to file for liquidation in order to prevent paying the landlord for the balance of the 6 months
2.Irrespective of the answer to the above question, is it against our teachings to tell the landlord I have no money to pay him and basically walk out of the premises?
3. Islamically, is it wrong for the landlord to charge me for the balance of the 6 months or am I bound to him as I had agreed to take the premises for 1 year in the lease agreement?

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Asked on May 30, 2010 12:00 am
Private answer
1) If this is a fact, yes.
2) No, explain the truth, negotiate.
3) You are bound by the lease agreement.
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Answered on May 30, 2010 12:00 am