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I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear about your situation.
You are not still responsible for the rent. The landlord made a choice to terminate your lease and make you move out. In making that choice, he's deciding that he doesn't want to accept rent from you anymore. You ALSO are not responsible for rent after someone else moves in, because that doesn't make sense - the landlord can't rent the same property to two people at once. He can't both prevent you from entering AND make you pay to live there.
If you have paid any rent after you left, you could sue for a refund. If the landlord kept your security deposit because of this, you could sue to get that money back.
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You can testify that the landlord said they had a new tenant. But either way, by evicting you, they're giving up their right to more rent. Your landlord had options other than to evict you for illegally subletting. He decided to make you leave. If he wanted to keep collecting rent, he needed to let you stay.
If you wind up in court, the fact that they're not advertising the place can also be used as a reason you shouldn't have to pay.
He has to make the same efforts that someone who wanted to rent the place would make.
The judge should rule in your favor, because the law is on your side. Good luck.