Hope that helps,
The unit can be put back on the market and once a new tenant has been found, you will be allowed out of your lease. It is a win - win for both parties. You will have to be good in allowing access to the unit for showings. Contact a local realtor to assist you with this matter if you want. They will be happy to get the rental listing.
This a much easier approach then trying to get out of your lease thru the legal system
Penalties For Failure to Properly Handle Security Deposit
If you do the following, the tenant is entitled to the immediate
return of the security deposit:
â€¢Fail to make the security deposit records available to the tenant during business hours;
â€¢Fail within thirty (30) days of taking a security deposit to give the tenant a receipt with the name, address of the bank where the money is held, and account number of the bank in the amount of the deposit;
â€¢Make deductions for damages without submitting proper documentation described above; or
â€¢Use a lease with provisions that conflict with the Security Deposit Law and you attempt to enforce this lease or attempt to make the tenant waive his or her rights.
If you do the following, the tenant is entitled to the immediate return of the security deposit and treble damages, court costs and attorneyâ€™s fees:
â€¢Fail to place the security deposit into a Massachusetts interest-bearing bank account separate from your own;
â€¢Fail to return the security deposit or balance thereof within thirty (30) days after termination of the tenancy; or.
â€¢Fail to transfer the security deposit to the new landlord (M.G.L. c. 186 Â§ 15B).
A new landlord has the same transfer responsibilities as stated above for last monthâ€™s rent.
As to the lease being a year off, is it stated it is for 12 months or 24 months? It should have a begin and end date, a total amount of rent that you will owe and your monthly payments. If that is all there and you signed it, then you would be obligated for the time of the lease you signed.