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My condolences on to your granddaughter. The landlord does have a duty to mitigate damages
. Meaning, if a lease is broken, the landlord can not just sit by and let the lease term expire, they must make attempts to lease the premises. If the premises rents quickly the less amount of potential damages your granddaughter will face. Often a landlord will take a penalty for early termination but it sounds like the property manager is not willing to do this, which is sad in this circumstance.
Unfortunately, your granddaughter does not have a lot of options at this point if the property manager/landlord is not willing to show some compassion. But if she vacates the premises, the landlord must in good faith attempt to fill the vacant premises and minimize the amount of rent they can sue for or try to collect for.
An option would be to try and get the property manager to agree to a sublease if you can find a substitute tenant.
All my best & encouragement.
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