I am not from the U.S. and this is my first experience breaking the lease. I had to break it to move for a new job, and no one would like to sublet the apartment since it is a damp basement. The situation is like the following:
I offered to pay the amount exactly as agreed upon in lease.
The leasing company claims that there are more damages to the apartment, but I previously had reported them to the maintenance staff a long time ago. Moreover, they are not damages I caused. Mold grew there because the apartment was damp as a basement unit.
My questions are:
What can the leasing company do, and what should I do to be prepared?
If the landlord uses a collection agency, how should I deal with the collector? Can it affect my credit and if so, on what time scale, and how can I appeal?
Thank you very much for your help!