Unless the lease itself indicated that abandonment terminated it (which would be very unusual) then your unilateral abandonment will not terminate the lease unless the term was up. In other words, you are bound to pay the rent for the entire period of the lease. Note, however, the landlord has a duty to mitigate his or her damages. This means that the landlord must actively search for a suitable replacement tenant and cannot idly sit back and accrue a debt from you. Landlords are normally financially motivated to turn properties and re-rent the so hopefully the vacancy period does not last long. The landlord can still sue you for rent with respect to any time under the contractual term that the property was not occupied.
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