There are, however, a few exceptions, including: In general, most states allow a lessor to terminate a lease or lease if the tenant: Here is an example of reciprocal termination of the lease that you can now adapt and send to your landlord. If something like a job change, medical problem, or romantic breakup occurs, you can ask your landlord to break your lease. You can do this orally or formally with an early termination letter. If they say yes, you should get their written permission if there are any future disputes.