You really need to look at the lease more closely. You are probably breaching the lease just by leaving. However, if you find a suitable tenant and they agree to pay the rent for the rest of the lease, the landlord may be obligated to return your security. He really does not have any damages in this case, since you have "mitigated" his damages. However, you must make sure the premises are in tip-top shape when leaving. Take pictures to prove it. Remember to put everything in writing and make sure the new tenants sign a new lease before you leave town. Give the landlord your new address. All this said, you need to really look at the lease terms and provisions and show them to an attorney.
Hope this helps.
Hope this helps.
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