We use Anissa Springborn’s “Landlord System” for most our forms and our rental agreement. The lease is wonderfully written in our favor and states that the tenant will forfeit entire security deposit if they break their rental agreement without notice.
I cant find anything on this in the tenant/landlord handbook. If anyone is familiar with the laws in Minnesota please let me know if this is allowable. Your response is greatly appreciated!
That language sounds too much like liquidated damages and any ambiguity in the contract will be interpret to benefit the tenant. You give up your right to actual damages when you settle for liquidated damages. If you mean to collect full damages, then say nothing about it in the lease. There is no need. You are entitled to accelerated rent and reletting costs as a matter of law. To add it to the lease agreement creates confusion which can only hurt you.