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Your friend is in a tough situation, but may have recourse. While the friend cannot break the lease for reasons that the landlord is mentally unstable, if the landlord materially breaches the lease the friend he can declare the lease terminated, sue for breach of contract and recover damages. Note that this requires a material breach and there is sometimes ambiguity as to what constitutes the first material breach. If the tenant is wrong on this legal point, the landlord could sue the tenant for breach of contract, and could win. So, if your friend is thinking of terminating the agreement for breach and leaving, he should consult with a local attorney to review all the facts and relevant documents beforehand. A good referral source will be the friend's County Bar Association. There would be no charge for the referral and there should be no charge for the initial consultation with the attorney to whom your friend is referred.
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