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Unfortunately, moving for another job does not give you a basis for terminating your lease early. BUT, you exposure for terminating the lease even though you don't have a reason is very limited due to the landlord's duty to mitigate. What that means is that even if you may not have the right to terminate your lease, once you notify the landlord you are terminating, the landlord has a legal affirmative duty to mitigate the damages by using reasonable efforts to re-lease the property. Once the property is re-leased, or if the landlord does not use reasonable efforts to re-lease, you would then be off the hook for further obligation. Given the current positive lease market, it is unlikely a judge is going to rule a landlord has satisfied the burden of using reasonable efforts to mitigate if the property is not re-leased within at least 1-2 months. In addition, if you move out of state, it's not likely a landlord would go to the trouble to pursue you for such a small amount.
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