What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)?
We're college students and are having issues getting out of our lease with our landlord company.
Our lease for our appartment (a 9 month lease) is up on May 30th, 2009. In the lease there was a section that stated we needed to give 60 days notice when were were going to vacate. We took this as 60 days notice if were were going to terminate our lease early. Needless to say we called the company and they told us it was 60 days notice EVEN if the lease is up. Furthermore they said 60 days prior to the first day of the month we wish to vacate. There is nothing in the lease about the lease rolling month to month or anything. It only says we will be responsible for penalties and would forfeit our security deposit if we do not give 60 days notice.
We gave them notice on 4/16/2009 and we were told we would be responsible for the following months rent because of this late notice. We were not too happy about this and feel this is just their scam to not return our security deposite and get more money out of us.
Today we got a letter in the mail saying we are now responsible for rent through 8/20/09 unless someone else rents the appartment. The letter also says we should post ads and do showings of our appartment.
My question is, it this legal to hold us responsible or to even make us give 60 days notice even when it is a 9 month lease and it is up?
Any help is much appreciated. I can provide a copy of the lease if necessary as well as the letter to from them.
Thanks so much.