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Can I cancel my lease if I can’t keep the place because of the COVID-19 emergency?

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Can I cancel my lease if I can’t keep the place because of the COVID-19 emergency?

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Can I cancel my lease if I can’t keep the place because of the COVID-19 emergency?
Reviewed: 
March 26, 2020
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First, you can ask if your landlord will agree to end your tenancy early. If they agree, you should both sign a Form N11.

If they don’t agree, and your rental agreement is on a month-to-month or weekly basis, you can end it by giving your landlord proper notice. If you have a lease for a fixed term, such as a year or 8 months, you can give notice for the end of the fixed term.

You might not be responsible for paying rent for the full notice period. For example, your landlord might be able to find a new tenant to take over sooner. Your landlord has to make reasonable efforts to do this.

Or, you might be able to sublet or assign your rental agreement.

You can learn more from these questions on Steps to Justice:

How can I get out of my rental agreement?

I rent month-to-month. How should I give notice to move out?

How do I give notice to end my weekly or daily rental?

How do I give notice to end my fixed-term lease?

What can happen if I move without giving proper notice?

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