My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: Washington DC
I signed a year lease and I want to move in with my girlfriend, therefore breaking my lease. The lease started January 1, 2011 and I have completed 3.5 months of the lease and I want to move out in a month.
I have done some research and found that my landlord failed to do a few things:
1. He never supplied me with a copy of the lease I signed. DC law states that he must do this within 7 days of signing the lease.
2. It is also DC law to place my security deposit in an interest-bearing account AND post notices stating where the security deposit is held with the interest rate.
I have also had a very serious conflict with one of my roommates (she verbally attacked my girlfriend and threatened to attack her). I called who I thought was my landlord and left a message. The following evening I emailed him. Again, no reply. I called again to find that his voicemail box was full. The next day I received an email from the company where my landlord is apparently a property manager. They said they received the messages I left for my landlord and said they were sorry I was having trouble with my roommate, but that the terms of my lease state the I may not move our until December 31, 2011.
I'm curious what rights I have to break my lease. I am able to give my landlord 30 days notice and I have offered to find a replacement to take over my lease. I'm curious if I have leverage on him and he has to let me break the lease or if my lease is even valid if he failed to do the two things I stated above.
What can I do?