Can A Tenant Break A Lease Because Of COVID-19?

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Can A Tenant Break A Lease Because Of COVID-19? Here is what landlords in Savannah need to know.

The news these days seems to continuously talk about the mortgage forbearance that homeowners get because of the COVID-19 impact. And when they aren’t talking about mortgage forbearance, they are talking about the eviction moratorium that is preventing landlords from evicting their tenants. What seems to get pushed to the side is the struggles that landlords are facing.

But what happens when your tenant wants to break their lease and move out of your rental property? Can they legally break their lease due to COVID-19?

When we look at the Georgia Landlord Tenant Handbook, Georgia is a “duty to continue paying rent” state. What that means is if the tenant abandons the unit or terminates the lease early without the landlord’s permission, the tenant is still responsible for the payments until the lease expiration.

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So legally, they can not break their lease if their sole reason is due to COVID-19. That doesn’t mean that landlords should not be understanding about their tenant’s situation. Every tenant situation is different, but there are times when you may want to let your tenant out of the lease early without penalty.

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