Review your lease, carefully. Most leases have clauses for terminating a lease early. You need to find the amount of notice required to break the lease. Additionally, you may save on penalties if you can continue to occupy and pay for your domicile until the landlord re-rents it. Of course, landlords have to make a good faith effort to do so. Make it clear to your landlord that you lost your job and won't be able to continue rent payments beyond a certain date. This gives the landlord incentive to find a new tenant quickly.
Unless you have a month-to-month lease, you'll probably lose some money by terminating your lease. Usually, you'll lose your security deposit. Some leases allow you to leave if you forfeit your deposit and and already paid last month's rent. Others demand a specific penalty fee in addition to these monies. In the worst case, your lease might require you to pay out the remainder of the lease term. However, leases -- and landlord-tenant regulations -- usually allow for a tenant to be released from this obligation if the premises are re-rented. If your jurisdiction doesn't offer this protection and your lease doesn't have an out for re-rental, you may be forced to find a subletting tenant yourself to avoid paying several months of rent.
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