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I am sorry to hear of this difficult situation.
Has your son-in-law asked for repairs and dealing with the pest infestation in writing?
The only way your son-in-law can use the pest and mold as an excuse is if the demand to rectify the situation is made in writing and the landlord refuses.
Otherwise your son-in-law will be bound by the lease and can be sued for the rest of the rent for the remaining term of the lease.
At the same time the landlord has a duty to mitigate damages and must take all reasonable steps to find a new tenant and if the landlord finds a new tenant then your son-in-law will be off the hook and only owe what damages the landlord suffered if any.
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