Can a lease be canceled after it is signed and the deposit is paid but the tenant has not taken possession of the property?

I signed a lease for an apartment and paid the deposit but have recently been offered a job out of state. I will not take possession of the property for another two weeks but the leasing company is threatening to charge a fee of 1.5 times the rent for canceling the lease.

Asked on February 24, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Oregon

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