The ONLY way to get out of your obligations under a lease are IF the lease allows it or the landlord makes an exception (rarely done aside from it being stated in the lease). There is a military out but if you did not go in military, with the landlord knowing that he was renting to military, then that option is not an option for you. Pay the $500 and try and find someone. If you cannot find someone to sublease to, then you are obligated under your lease throughout the term of the lease, and you will have to pay it. If you don't, you may not be able to afford paying now but, in the future you will be able to afford it. In a few years, the relatively small amount will grow to many thousands of dollars, with court costs, penalties, and interest at 10 percent. And, of course, with an eviction on your record, your credit will tank and no other landlord will rent to you.
Certified Paralegal, with 25+ years' experience & with Landlord & Tenant law experience.