I'm so angry right now I could spit! Maybe even throw the mother of all tantrums. Here's what's going on (I'm trying desperately to make this concise): My brother kid brother & his girlfriend dated for 2 years, decided to move in together & then found out she was pregnant. They loved each other & got married. Weeks later she lost her job & then a month later he lost his. After hard work, my brother managed to get his dream job (fire fighter). The catch was that it was 2 hours away from home. Now then... wifey is due to have their baby (boy) in June. He's freaking out because he's afraid he'll miss the birth of his first born. So they decided to try & break their apt. lease. In their contract it states that people with job transfers are allowed to give 60 days notice & pay penalty fees (approx $2000). He can barely afford those fees, but it's important to him not to miss his baby's birth and to make sure that they don't have to uproot everything and move while things are still nutty. Now then... here's where I need you guys to hang in there with the details... It's not a straight forward job transfer. Remember, he lost his job & found another. The economy is what it is, and the best he could do was 2 hours away (dream job). For 2 years he's been volunteering at the fire dept across the street from his current home. He's a paid volunteer. Ok, yes... that's a stretch but "JOB TRANSFER" is not clearly defined in the written contract - so subject to interpretation?? The apartment complex got nasty with them & treated them like scum. So after encouragement from ramped up sis (me)... he called the Regional Property Manager. She wasn't as hateful as the property manager, but she was unsympathetic. Answer - still no. She says if he wants to break his lease then he'll have to cough up over $4000 in penalty fees. Ouch! So now my kid brother is waiting for the President of the firm to call him back. Ultimately he's not looking for any handouts. He's more than willing to give 60 days notice (he'll move out before then) and pay the $2000 in penalty fees. He may even be willing to do a transfer to one of the community's sister properties. $4000 - is not do-able. I used to work for a rental property company and I know that they can make exceptions - they did it all the time for situations like these. I would love to stand face to face with these people and bless them out for enjoying their little power trip and trying to make this so difficult for this young couple. There is no need for it! Sorry for the length... I just had to get some of this anxiety off my chest.