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I am sorry to hear that you are in this difficult situation.
Are you in a fixed term lease?
The lease is not illegal. Demanding you pay six months in advance is illegal.
They ust give back the money they have taken illegally as you are correct they can only hold on to last month's rent.
But the lease is legal and they can then sue you for the rent for the full term of the lease.
At the same time they are required by law to take all reasonable steps to mitigate their damages and this means they have to find a new tenant at once. If they do you will be off the hook but if not you will be liable for all the months the unit stands empty.
Does that clarify the law?
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