Apologies for the dullness of this post but may benefit some readers.
I'm no lawyer and would be grateful if anyone can clarify this, but sub-letting of apartments is possibly a better option than breaking a lease-
legislation states that sub-letting is legal if -
- you are leaving HK for a period of 3-9months (If u leave HK permanently then you should be able to hand keys back after original contract has run 12 months and be entitled to a full refund of deposit)
- the landlord has given his permission or has unreasonably withheld his permission.
link below - Section 39.