We just rented a HUD house in MD only to find out, by phone call, from the realtor that we have to live in it for at least 7-12 months. The tenants have signed a year lease and we are told that it is a felony that we have committed. Things changed finacially to make it the smarter option to stay in our original home. Is there anything we can do to avoid jail and/or fines? We had no idea we were brealing any laws.