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Hello, In Sparrow v. Demonico, 461 Mass. 322 (2012), the Massachusetts Supreme Court writes:
As can be seen from the above-quoted holding of the High Court, it is absolutely possible to avoid the current result of your lease -- however, only a court could make such a declaration, and only after considerable litigation -- with its associated expense.
The better means of avoiding the contract is to try to negotiate an agreement with the landlord and your roommate so that either your roommate or you can terminate the lease obligation and relocate without further liability.
Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.