Either the landlord or the tenant may wish to terminate the lease prematurely. The landlord may tire of the tenant's complaints, or the tenant's rent may be in arrears. The tenant may need or want to move elsewhere. We have already discussed one option open to the tenant—that is, to assign or sublet the premises to a third party. See Chapter 16, supra.
This chapter addresses two situations. In the first, the landlord wants to evict the tenant for some reason, often for nonpayment of rent, or the tenant has not vacated the premises after the lease ended. In the second, the tenant wants to turn the leased premises back to the landlord before the lease ends.