A tenant who stops paying rent before expiration of the lease term, without lawful excuse, has breached the lease. The fact the tenant has vacated the unit or has been evicted, does not relieve the tenant of the rental obligation for the balance of the term. This is so even if an unlawful detainer judgment against the breaching tenant adjudicated a forfeiture of the lease. The landlord may pursue a damages claim for all rent owing through the remainder of the term of the lease, less any rent losses that could have been avoided by the landlord’s reasonable, good faith efforts to re-let the premises, plus the cost to repair any damage caused by the tenant above ordinary wear and tear, plus leasing commissions, and any other losses incurred by the landlord from the tenant’s breach including court costs and, if the lease so provides, attorney fees. If a tenant breaches a lease, our attorneys are here to assist and, when necessary, to file a lawsuit against the tenant to recover rent and other amounts owed.