Can I break my lease early?

Question Details:

I want to break my lease 8 months early. I was told that there was not a waiting list so I would have to continue paying rent until a new tenant were found. However, I have an e-mail from someone who put in an application with the landlord and the landlord told them there was a waiting list. What are my options here? I know of at least 1 person that can move in. How do I know whether there is or isn't a waiting list? Do I contact the home office and report this? I feel the landlord is just trying to get more money out of me and wants me to stay.

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