Originally Posted by Slopho
How long have you been out of that place? This should have happen minute 1 of you leaving.
I can understand the OP wanting to get out of the lease, but isn't that really much more difficult than it sounds?
OP entered into a legal agreement with the landlord. Why should the landlord release OP of his responsibilities under the agreement? I presume that each tenant party that signed the lease has full responsibility for the provisions of the lease. That is, if the rent is $1,000 per month and there are 4 people, as far as the landlord is concerned it doesn't matter who pays how much - the landlord must receive $1,000. If 3 parties pay $250 and the fourth is a deadbeat - they are all in violation of the lease.
With that being said, particularly in the case of damage to the property, a landlord would rather be in the position of being able to collect from multiple parties. I would think that there would be a higher likelihood of successful collection.