The Service Members Civil Relief Act, among other things, lets service members cancel their leases without penalty under certain circumstances. Most often, it is a change in duty station that transfers them to another city, state, or country.
Recently, many service members had transfer orders and, based on those, leased rental properties in what was supposed to be their new city. Then COVID hit, and the military issued Stop Movement orders telling everybody to stay where they were. A recent amendment to the Act protects those service members affected by a Stop Movement order that prevents them from moving to their newly-leased premises. For more information, click HERE.