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Hello, thank you for the question.
As you noted, either the landlord lets you off the hook and agrees to terminate the contract early or he doesn't.
If he doesn't, then you are liable for the rent until the end of the term. You are free to sublet, for the same amount as your rent if you can find a tenant. Then you're not out any money, and maybe the sublet will sign a new lease with the landlord directly starting April 1.
But the contract is the contract. You're liable for the rent until March 31 2017, whether you live there or not.
Does that make sense?
If the landlord doesn't get the money for the lease period then the landlord can sue you for the money.
So, feel free to ask the landlord if he can let you out of the lease. Perhaps he's got other tenants lined up.
Otherwise, you have to find a sublet or pay for the apartment yourself until the end of March. That's the law and there's no tricks to getting out of a residential lease if you're the tenant.
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