I suggest that you carefully read your lease and go in and speak with the management. Each company may vary on their rules in this situation.
I have experienced this and it worked in my favor.
If your apartment community has a high occupancy rate, speak to the manager and tell her your situation and see if you could make it available to lease, if they would let you out early. I have seen this work many times, but it will not work if they have a lot of vacant apartments.
Secondly, if they allow, try to sublet your apartment for the remainder of the term.
If none of these work, you can pretty much expect to pay about 1.5 to 2.5 months rent as a penalty to get out.
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Martha Turner Sotheby's International Realty
Saul Carrillo Realtor
Talk to your landlord or Leasing office (if you are renting in an apt complex) and explain to them that you are trying to take advantage of the $8,000 tax credit which so far it's supposed to expire on November 30th. They might give you a break. You never know.