What are my rights regarding move out fees if I did not give 60 day notice?

My apartment complex just switched management and my lease is up at the end of the month. They are wanting to charge me almost double rent for leaving. I did not communicate with the previous managers about moving out and the new managers are saying they need 60 days notice before a tenant moves out. Is there anything I can do to keep from paying the crazy fees or am I just stuck?

Asked on November 24, 2015 under Real Estate Law, Texas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

IF your lease says you have to provide 60 days notice, then you must: such a lease term is legal and enforceable, and if you don't provide 60 days notice, they may charge you an extra up to 60 days rent, take it out of your security deposit, and even sue you for it, if necessary. If it's not in your lease, however, you should be able to move out at the end of your lease term without owing them anything else. The lease is a contract: while you have to adhere to its terms, so do the new owners, and they can't add any requirements not in the lease.


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