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I'll try to make this as short as possible: basically, I'm doing a temporary work assignment from January - May for which I leased an apartment. I am positive that I explained this situation clearly (i.e., the fact that I would be leaving in May) when setting everything up initially. However, this is a big apartment complex, so they may not remember me on an individual basis and I'm not sure what records exist.
Yesterday, I received a letter in the mail about how my lease was set to expire on May 31st, giving me the option of renewing it. If no action is taken, the lease automatically turns into a month-by-month setup with a 10% increase in the rent. The letter also "reminded" me that 60 days written notice was required prior to terminating the lease/vacating the apartment.
When I received the letter, there were already only 45 days left until the lease expires. I made sure to drop off a written notice ASAP, but I'm wondering what I might be in for now since I missed the 60 day mark. I realize that I can't blame this on anyone but myself - the 60 days thing has clearly been in my lease all along (I checked), but for some reason I was thinking it was 30 days notice. In fact, looking it up online, it seems that 30 days notice might be the law or at least the convention in my state (Ohio). Do they have the authority to change that in the lease?
What is the absolute worst case scenario here? I don't get my security deposit back? The lease says that a tenant who breaks the lease may be subject to a $200 fee for re-listing the apartment, so could they consider my late notice as breaking the lease? Could they hold me liable for an extra months rent on the month-to-month policy?
I know I just need talk to them, so I'm just trying to get a grasp on things here and vent a little bit since I can't call them at the moment. Hopefully, since I let them know everything upfront, that was essentially a 5-months notice. They actually reworked the lease from 6 months to 5 months and had me resign it, so I at least think it was pretty clear that I was going to be leaving in May.