Does the landlord have a legal obligation to try and find a replacement if I fail to move in?
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You don't indicate whether this is a residential or commercial lease, or what jurisdiction the lease is in. But assuming it's residential and the property is here in Maine, your landlord has a duty to "mitigate damages". This generally means the landlord must make reasonable attempts to re-let the premises. However, assuming the landlord can show the it TRIED to re-let or otherwise mitigate damages, it would be up to you to prove in court that those efforts were unreasonable. That's not necessarily an easy task, and in fact can be quite difficult. That said, in this market, I'd be surprised if the landlord couldn't replace you as a tenant fairly easily.
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