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I'm afraid you will be bound by the full term of the tenancy agreement unless there is a break clause in it entitling you terminate at a certain point during the term or the property is unfit for human habitation (which would also entitle you to terminate).
There is no statutory notice period implied in to agreements until such time as the fixed term expires. If you wish to leave at the end of the fixed term then you are not required to give any notice whatsoever to the landlord.
However, landlords are generally under a duty not to unreasonably refuse a suitable tenant and your focus now should be on finding one. If the landlord acted through agents then you should explain your situation to them and press them (and continue to press them) to find you a replacement tenant. If the landlord acted on his own then you should speak to him to check that he would be amenable to your finding a replacement tenant. You can then use http://www.gumtree.co.uk/ to find a tenant (private landlords frequently use this service.
I assume that any deposit taken by the landlord has been lodged with a tenancy deposit scheme, if it has not then you could potentially sue for the return of the deposit and a fine payable from the landlord to you of three times the deposit amount.
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I'm afraid that the unpleasant area is not a sufficient reason to terminate either.
Check about the deposit, it could provide your son with valuable leverage.
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