I have four months left in my lease, but have to leave Hong Kong due to personal reasons.
I informed my landlord around a month ago.
He asked me to pay 3 months' rent in advance and if he finds a new tenant then he would return the difference in rent.
I agreed and looked for a new tenant as well, but later found that (1) he posted the apartment for sale not rental and (2) when I introduced tenants who were interested, he upped the asking price by 3k.
I asked if I could sublet and they rejected.
I asked if I could offer 2 months' rent (so forfeiting my deposit) and they rejected.
I am afraid to sign the surrender agreement, because it asks for 3 months rent in advance and I have no confidence they will return my deposit - meaning they get 5 months.
I really wanted to leave on good terms with a surrender agreement in place, but I feel like I have no choice but to break the lease. I would appreciate any tips on this situation.