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Golf-course living has its drawbacks

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Q: We rent a single-family home that's adjacent to a municipal golf course. Unfortunately, along with the views we get a daily barrage of golf balls. They fall in our yard, have dented our car and broken two windows, and I'm afraid to use the pool before sundown. Since we moved in six months ago, I've collected more than 100 balls. I want to break the lease and move, and I'm wondering if I have any legal grounds to do so. --Jack N. A: It's a safe bet that most people, including a judge, would agree that the conditions you describe are more than trivial annoyances and make living in your rental unpleasant and downright unsafe. But this doesn't necessarily mean that you'll be able to break the lease without responsibility for the balance of the rent. That will depend on a number of factors. First, did you question the landlord, before signing the lease, about the very problem you're experiencing? If you raised the issue, and were reassured by the landlord that stray balls ...