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I am presuming this is for a tenant, not landlord, to break a lease.
To break a lease the tenant would need:
1. a provision in the lease itself which allowed early termination, or
2, the landlord being in serious breach of the lease such that the breach renders the premises unhabitable.
For example, if the landlord is responsible for utilities and the water is shut off that would be grounds to terminate.
3. Some states have a statute allowing the elderly to break a lease if they are medical unable to continue living independently and must move into assisted living.
If the landlord will let you move then you need a release in writing. A verbal release is not enforceable.
Likewise, if the landlord is not providing a safe and habitable premises then you may be able to declare a constructive eviction and move out. You would then have to sue the landlord for breaching the lease.