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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.
The lease you signed when you moved into your apartment is unfortunately binding. A landlord is not required legally to miss out on rent because a tenant's employment circumstances change. If you wind up moving out before the lease is up, you're responsible for rent until a new tenant can be found or the lease is up (whichever is sooner). One way for you to avoid losing money is to advertise the place on your own and find a new tenant. If you can find someone else to move in at the same time you move out, the landlord isn't out any money and has no basis for charging you an additional two months rent.
Louisiana law unfortunately does allow a landlord to keep a deposit when a tenant breaks a lease. Rev. Stat., Section 9:3251(c). But if you can find someone to take over your lease and pay a new deposit, you may be able to get your original deposit back.
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