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Leaving 3 year swiss rental contract to move abroad

Hi There,

Does anyone have any advice on leaving Swiss rental contracts early?
From my understanding on this website, it is imperative to find someone to take over the rest of our lease.
I signed a 3 year rental contract on an apartment in september 2013 with no get out clause, and I have been offered a new job abroad, which i have accepted, believing i would not have trouble finding someone to take over our apartment which is modern equipped.
I contacted my landlord 2 months ago and he agreed that we would go through our original estate agent to find someone to take over the rental contract.

It has been nearly 2 months since the estate agency has put an advert up on tutti.ch for our apartment, and granted, it has been Xmas, but we have only had 4 viewings on the apartment and noone interested enough yet to say yes. i am trying to contact the estate agency to get updates on what is going i.e. when people are coming over to view the apartment and if there has been any interest, however I am getting no reply from the estate agent now.

Due to the lack of communication from the estate agency, I decided to take the matter into my own hands, and put my own advert up for the apartment on home gate.ch. Although it looks as if some calls may have gone through to the estate agent (whose number I put on the ad as well as my own), i have heard nothing from the estate agent.
Does anyone have any advice on what i can do?
i will be leaving Lugano next weekend, and am worried that I still will not have found someone to take over the lease (I am resigned to the fact that i will be paying for the rent on this empty flat for February, at least, but am loathe to pay rent for much longer afterward March).
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