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What is the reason you want to terminate the lease?
Is there something wrong with the property like mold or condition issues?
Ok, here is the thing... that is written in favor of the landlord in the event that something happens to the property so he has to terminate. It gives him an out so he doesn't have to put you up in a hotel indefinitely if something happens to the house.
If you have prepaid, then it will be tough to actually terminate because you have already paid for the entire year. So the landlord could refuse to accept any request to terminate and you really can't breach because you already paid..
With that said, you are kind of stuck here and about your only real recourse is to explain your situation to the landlord and see if he will voluntarily advertise to try and find a new tenant. If he can do so, then he would owe you a refund for any unearned prepaid rent and your security deposit..
As a landlord myself for over 26 years, I would always prefer to have someone living in a dwelling rather than leaving it empty because anything can happen to it while vacant and you don't know about it until you happen to come check the place. So the landlord should agree to try to find a new tenant...
If you are asking if you can legally terminate the lease, then unfortunately the answer is no. A change in your personal situation wouldn't give you legal grounds to terminate it without repercussions.
And since you have prepaid, you can't really terminate it by not paying rent because you are paid up...
But if the landlord agrees to try and find a new tenant, then yes, you could terminate with his/her permission and would only owe rent until they found someone new to take over the tenancy.
Just so we are clear here... the landlord has no legal duty to do this... If he is a nice guy, he will. but he doesn't have to..
But if either of you find a tenant that is accepted by him to replace you, then yes, he would have to refund any prepaid funds that were remaining. He can't legally "double dip" and keep your prepaids as well as charge a new tenant.
However if he just says "no" and you find out that he rented to a new tenant a month after you left, you can then sue him in small claims court under a breach of contract claim for any prepaid rent from the time the new tenant moved in.
If you can, I would speak to them personally about the issue and ask them first if they would allow you to either sublet the property or you and he try to find a new tenant to take over the lease by assignment to replace you. And make sure that you mention that of course the landlord would have final say on whether the new person was acceptable. You will help with all showings and work with them however necessary.
To be honest, the landlord may be resistant and just think "They are prepaid and I can just let the place sit and deduct the rent each month"... and legally they would be within their rights to do so.
Correct, if your landlord is a decent person, he will at least try to find a new tenant to take over..
If you moved out and he is a jerk or can't find a good tenant, then the property would just sit empty until the tenancy was up and then the landlord would have to refund your security deposit within 21 days of the end of the tenancy.
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