what you can legally charge for an early termination
In most leases, the tenant is responsible for the remaining balance of the lease term, in this case 22 months of rent. It would be foolish for a landlord to negotiate away what is a pretty standard lease provision from a boilerplate lease.
The only exception I could see would be where the lessee prepaid the entire lease term up front, but the tenant would not get any refund either (for the unoccupied portion of the lease).
The security deposit will stand first to pay for any damages to the unit, once you both to do a walkthrough, and then the landlord can take the remaining amount to offset the balance due for the remaining lease term.
The landlord has a duty to mitigate his damages by actively seeking new tenants, but the current tenant is still obligated to pay you in the interim.
You can also (threaten to) report the debt to credit reporting bureaus for the amount outstanding if they don't make good in the interim.
This post was edited on 7/12 at 8:50 pm