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What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? South Carolina

I moved into a rental for 2 1/2 months and told the leasing agent I was leaving on 10/31/08 when my house was built. I went this week to see if I can extend the lease by a month as my closing was pushed back to 11/24/08. I was told I have to pay rent for Nov and Dec as I had not given 60 day written notice as is stated in the lease which I signed. I did not read the lease and I assumed since I told them verbally I was moving 10/31/08 that would be fine. I was told verbal was not sufficient. I asked why was it not pointed out that I needed to put in writing in the next 2 weeks if I wanted to move out in 2 1/2 months and was told that was not their responsibility to point out or explain the lease, that it was my responsibility to read it and verbal notififcatio I was moving was not sufficient and that under SC law since I signed the lease I was responsible and verbally telliing them means nothing.
Sorry for the long post, but do I have a leg to stand on or will I be forced to pay rent for Decemebr even though I will not be living there. Thanks in advance

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