In a rental agreement, either a tenant or a landlord can terminate the lease. While it is more common that a tenant terminates because he plans to move to another place, it's often not so common that the landlord terminates or breaks the lease.
Here is what you should know though:
When Can a Landlord Break a Lease?
As with tenants, landlords are legally allowed to terminate leases if part(s) of a lease has been violated. This could include major damage to the property, subletting when it is not permitted, or late rent payments. The policy or terms can usually be found within the lease agreement.
When a Landlord Breaks a Lease:
To terminate the lease, the landlord must provide sufficient notice to the tenant regarding the reason for termination. The landlord must look at his or her state’s detailed laws surrounding how to write and deliver a termination notice. Landlords can either request the tenant leave within a set number of days, or they may inform the tenant of wrongdoing and provide a warning, notifying the tenant of pending lease termination if the problem is not resolved. In some cases, tenants do not comply with the termination notice. In this situation, landlords may file a lawsuit to evict the tenant.
If you are using ManageCasa for your rental unit, specify your lease terms including termination definitions. ManageCasa can help you to terminate your lease and give notice to the other party.