It is not a "crime" to break a lease. In fact, we are all free to break any contract we enter into at any time. The question is, what damages does the non-breaching experience when you breach your lease? Without going into too much detail, if you decide to break your lease, the landlord has to attempt to keep his "damages" as low as possible. To do that, he/she has to go out and try to find a new tenant as soon as possible. If the rent paid by the new tenant is equal to or greater than the rent you are paying, then, in fact, the landlord is better off! Meanwhile, while the house is vacant, the landlord is entitled to continue to receive rent payments from you. Added to this is the uncertainty as to when you will end up finding a new home to move to. So, my non-legal advice is to see if your landlord will agree to allow you to have an early termination right, with perhaps you giving the landlord 30/60/90 days advance notice so that they have time to find a new tenant?
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I agree with Mr. Nagle and only want to add that many lease agreements describe the procedure and penalty to terminate a lease early. You should review your lease.
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