I rented a house with a year lease but a friend of mine asked before signing the lease if there was an personal issue could I move before the year. She said yes as long as she had a renter. I was only there a month before my 11 year old started threatening suicide and struggled with anger and depression. I had to move back home for his health and safety. When I told my landlord she started yelling at me that she didn't have to give me back rent paid in advance ($2400+$800 deposit). My question is: can she legally keep that money? She had a renter in there within a few weeks. That seems like theft but I don't really know. Thanks!