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Generally, if you cancel the lease before the lease is up, then you can be held in breach of contract. However, if you are saying that this place is unsafe and it is the reason that you were leaving, then you may have some protections under the law. This appears to be a violation of the implied warranty (promise) of habitability. All residential leases and rental agreements contain an implied warranty of habitability. Under the "implied warranty of habitability," the landlord is legally responsible for repairing conditions that seriously affect the rental unit's habitability. That is, the landlord must repair substantial defects in the rental unit and substantial failures to comply with state and local building and health codes. However, the landlord is generally notresponsible under the implied warranty of habitability for repairing damages that were caused by the tenant or the tenant's family, guests, or pets. The usual measure of damages is either 1) a cancellation of the lease agreement; 2) a withholding of the rent until the item is repaired; or 3) you repair the matter yourself and request reimbursement. Now, keep in mind that the landlord is probably going to disagree with you about whether these things are unsafe, so I would make sure that you get as much faction information as possible to give the landlord an opportunity to repair these things. If you've already done that, then you can go ahead and move out and you will probably be successful in court.