However, the landlord has a duty to mitigate her damages by attempting to re-rent the unit as soon as possible. Once she does so, she can only hold you liable for her actual damages in the form of any lost rent and advertising costs. So if it takes her 1 or 2 months to rent it again, she can only hold you liable for that lost rent plus any advertising costs. The law seeks to put the non-breaching party in the same position they would have been in but for the breach.
So to minimize your potential liability, if you have to breach, make sure you leave the place as close to spotless as you can so the landlord can immediately put it on the market and hopefully rent it quickly.
I would suggest not paying any more rent after you move out as that will "encourage" the landlord to put it back on the market and try to rent it quicker. Then if she pursues you for any lost rent, you would have to pay it as she will win if she sues you.
I am sorry that I don’t have better news, but please understand that I do have an ethical and professional obligation to provide customers with legally correct answers, even when an answer is not favorable to the customer.
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