Prior to entering into a rental or lease agreement make sure you include a military clause. Contrary to popular belief, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act does NOT help you break a lease in all circumstances that you may encounter during your military service. You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to have a provision in your rental agreement to release you from your obligations. Attached is a military clause that you can include in a rental agreement as an attachment. Be sure to indicate on your lease, in the appropriate place, to see the attached military clause. Though the sample clause only requires 30 days notice, you will be better protected if you provide written notice and retain a copy of that notice. If you have any questions regarding landlord-tenant issues, leases, or other personal legal assistance matters, please contact the nearest military legal office for assistance.
MILITARY CLAUSE ADDENDUM
IN THE EVENT the Tenant is or hereafter becomes, a member of the United States Armed Forces on extended active duty and hereafter the Tenant receives permanent change of station orders to depart from the area where the Premises are located, or is relieved from active duty, retires or separates from the military, or is ordered into military housing, or is deployed for more than 90 days, then in any of these events, the Tenant may terminate this lease upon giving thirty (30) days written notice to the Landlord. The Tenant shall also provide to the Landlord a copy of the official orders or a letter signed by the tenant's commanding officer, reflecting the change which warrants termination under this clause. The Tenant will pay prorated rent for any days (he/she) occupies the dwelling past the first day of the month.
The damage/security deposit will be promptly returned to the tenant, provided there are no damages to the premises.