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Does the lease specify any special termination privilege for unemployment?
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I am sorry to hear of your dilemma. I realize how frustrating this is for you and I hope to provide you information which is accurate and useful, even though it may not be the news you were hoping to get.
Unfortunately, you are bound by the terms of the lease, regardless of your employment, health or ability to pay.
Unless the lease has a specific exception for unemployment the landlord can enforce the termination provision as agreed in your lease.
You are actually fortunate that there is a termination provision limiting damages, as most leases have none and the tenant is on the hook, potentially, for the entire term.
You can try negotiating with the landlord to modify the terms. Say, a credit if the landlord is able to find a new tenant in less than 2 mos. or you can try to find a new tenant yourself and see if they will let you out of the termination fees. Though, they have no legal obligation to do so.
I realize this is probably not the answer you were hoping to receive. Also, please remember that this is not necessarily a moral judgement on my part. As a professional, however, I am sometimes placed in the position of having to deliver news which is not favorable to a customer's legal position, but accurately reflects their position under the law. I hate it, but it happens and I only ask that you not penalize me with a bad or poor rating for having to deliver less than favorable news.