Can we break our lease?

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We have entered into a 2 year. We have asked the landlord if we can break the lease after year 1, so that we may buy our first home. They were not happy but agreed if we paid almost a month's rent to them. We agreed to this. They also wanted us to the list the house with a broker and pay the broker's commission. We listed the house on Craigslist instead. We found a renter for the house to pay exactly what we pay and even for a month longer. The landlord has decided we can't assign the lease to another renter. What are our rights here? Should we consult with a real estate attorney ? We're in Wilton, CT.

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