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Regretfully, if you signed the lease contract you are bound by it's terms and conditions - start date and end dates.
However, if your lease allows for subletting
to another tenant you can do that and reduce your damages
Too, if that is not available you can negotiate an early termination fee with the landlord. Anything you negotiate with the landlord make sure you get it in writing.
But if the landlord refuses that - they still have a duty to "mitigate their damages".
Simply put, the landlord has to make reasonable effort and take appropriate steps to re-rent the vacated premises in order to avoid excess damages. For example, a tenant who vacates the apartment
with 10 months remaining on a lease term has clearly breached the agreement. However, the Courts will not allow the landlord to recover for all 10 months of unpaid rent from the vacating tenant. The Court will require the landlord to have made reasonable effort to re-rent the vacated unit and will cut off the right to recover damages for the entire 10 months. What is reasonable will depend on the facts of the given circumstance, but generally speaking a unit should be rented out within 2, 3 or 4 months.
Since you never took possession - any security deposit
paid should be returned.
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