Edinburg, TX asked in Landlord - Tenant for Minnesota

Q: I need to break a lease before it even starts due to COVID-19 and my job being changed to remote.

I signed a lease in April for starting in September. However, I got an email last Friday that my job was going to be move to remote for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19. I emailed them on July 29th with my two-months notice saying that I will not be moving in, however, they are stating that it cannot be accepted until September 1 (the lease start date) and that I'll be responsible for 4 months rent (September, October as the 60 day notice and November, December as the early termination fee) despite never moving in.

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William Bailey
William Bailey
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: It would be smart to contact someone experienced in landlord tenant law to get a clear answer on your particular situation. They would need to take a look at your lease. I do not practice in this area but know several who do.

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