Thank you for your question.
Please permit me to assist you with your concerns.
If I may ask, do you remember signing a lease at any time, and if so, when do you vaguely remember signing the lease?
Any lease signing must be done with intent and by both parties to be valid. If you do not remember signing, and you never authorized for an 'e-signature', that agreement is not valid.
What is missing is the intent.
therefore you can lawfully consider yourself as 'month-to-month' for the purposes of the lease.
That means that you can give 30 days notice in writing if you choose to move out
and the landlord would be unable to hold you to the terms or conditions of a lease that you never ultimately signed.
If you never signed anything or intended to sign anything via email, the copy they 'found' is not really binding.
That is why I really do not see most judges uphold it as legitimate or valid.
If I may ask, what do they want that rent for? Were you not paying for a certain period of time?
They cannot demand either from you
hence, if they claim that you are under lease, send them formal notice by mail that you are month to month, and if they pursue you for more or not return the deposit, you will consider legal options.
They cannot turn around and create a revisionist based contract
either you were under contract or were not
and if you never signed anything, there was no lease in place.
Does that make sense?
Then once that time comes, move.
And if they hold your deposit without cause, or pursue you for damages, file against them in landlord tenant court for breach of duty
You an likewise seek possible punitive damages for improper withholding up to 3 times the amount that they failed to return to you in a timely and proper manner.
I appreciate hearing that, and I truly wish you well
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