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Sometimes you just gotta go...

 Thank you John Yossarian for posting this link--two days in a row when you were one step ahead of me.  Let me just add to what's in the YOLO piece.  You need to monitor landlord efforts to re rent the unit if you "break" the lease. 
1.  Have friends or relatives inquire about vacancies...maybe even go look at vacant units.  Then write up their findings.  If they are not shown your unit...that's evidence that landlord is failing to attempt to re rent. 
2.  Have a neighbor (or friend) keep an eye on your old unit to determine when it is re occupied so that you know when your lease obligation is over. 
3  A former neighbor or friend can also be helpful in determining if a unit is unavailable because it is undergoing rehab or modernization.  If a unit is being rehabbed it is not available for rental and landlord is failing in his obligation to try to re rent. 
4.  Be aware that you may need an attorney to help negotiate a settlement of a claim for breach of lease.  Having all your evidence before you talk to the attorney makes that much easier, cheaper. 
5.  Finally, mind your credit report.  Often a landlord will report a CLAIM to the Credit Bureau...but a claim is not a judgement.  Contact the credit bureau to remove an unsupported or disputed claim or if they won't remove the claim to permit you to add offsetting information to show your side of the story.  More on mitigation here: