He had to break the lease 6 months early. The real estate company readvertised the property at a greatly inflated rental, they then did very little advertising the property after that. In the mean time my mate was asked to cover for the loss rent. 3 months after he had left, he was still paying for loss of rent.
There's no fixed break lease fee in Victoria. But if you terminate a fixed-agreement early without grounds, you'll be liable to pay compensation for losses caused as a result of you breaking the lease such as loss of rent, reasonable advertising costs and a reletting fee. Western Australia.