Laws governing landlord and tenant rights vary by state, so check with your attorney general or consumer protection department about local instructions. Free legal resources such as Nolo and FindLaw contain a lot of information about rental housing laws, but they do not replace official sources. Even if your rental or mortgage application omits the address where you broke your rental agreement, a routine background check and property search will reveal it and the identity of your landlord. The fact that you omitted the address of the problem is in itself a red flag; Now imagine how the conversation between the landlord you`ve stiffened and your future potential landlord or lender will unfold. If your justification for breaking your lease is not protected by state laws or tenant-landlord relationship rules, your landlord can sue you for unpaid rent. . . .