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Hello, this is Jim and welcome to JustAnswer. I will be the lawyer working with you today.Sorry to hear of the issue. I will set out my written answer shortly.
With a tenancy such as yours you are in a binding contract with the landlord. They do not have to let you leave early.
The only situations where a tenancy can be ended are, you finish the tenancy term or there is a break clause meaning you can end the tenancy part way through. Or the landlord agrees to you leaving early - usually if another tenant can be found. You could terminate and try to argue the landlord unreasonably refused - it depends if they agreed to you being able to leave on the proviso another tenant could be found. You say one has been found bu the landlord is refusing - you need to ask them why. If they have gone back on their word then you could hold them to the agreement and you could leave. It would be worth asking the housing department at your council to see if they help too - as they could speak to the landlord if you landlord is being unreasonable. You can reach yours here: https://www.lincoln.gov.uk/private-housingIn terms of next steps, please ask your landlord why they are now refusing to let you leave despite the fact you have found a replacement tenant. And then speak to the council to see if they can help. You could leave now and you may be pursued by the landlord for rent arrears - you would need to defend a claim if one was made against you. If it's a small claim then it's easy to deal with (no lawyer is required) - you can also use this site for ongoing help if you need it.
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