It sounds like a very difficult time behind you. I realize that matters have been made further difficult with the problems of canceling this leasehold agreement.
Most contracts allow for a force majeure clause, but these are often absent in many lease agreements. The force majeure allows a party to exit an agreement in extenuating circumstances, that may very well encompass what you have experienced. That said many personal problems are not included by the courts as allowing one person to break a contract or lease.
A force majeure clause may or may not be in place in your in your lease. You should examine its terms.
If your circumstances are similar are not contained in the agreement
,this would mean that the landlord most likely cannot be compelled from the non-exercise of penalty clauses in the lease, should you be in breach of its terms.
That said, a letter from the hospital and or the police department would most likely be very persuasive to the landlord, and he/she might just give you some more leeway in light of the same.
This is my opinion and advice on the matter, without viewing the lease. Commercial leases do tend to be more flexible in terms of allowing one party to break its agreement, but you would need to read it thoroughly to see if your personal tragedies might legally allow you to exit that agreement.
While you may argue extenuating circumstances to your landlord, such as a force majeure, courts don't tend to write into contractual agreements, leases or otherwise.
Remember this is my opinion on the matter.
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