With the latest announcement of virtual classes in January and February, many students are considering staying from home for the winter term. If you are considering this and hoping to break your lease agreement, you may or may not be able to.

  • Read your lease agreement – many new lease agreements have a clause added that considers the possibility of future virtual classes. There may be a clause that specifically addresses this.
  • Talk to your landlord virtually or over the phone – have the conversation with your landlord about your situation. You can ask for a rental discount or reduced payment while you are not living in the property or ask to come to a compromise to allow you to end the lease agreement.
  • Find an assignment/sublet – you may be able to assign your lease to a new tenant. You would just be responsible for finding the replacement and would need landlord approval.

Talk to the Off-Campus Living Advisor – every situation is different. If you are unsure how to proceed, please contact ocla@queensu.ca.

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