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Thank you for the information and your question. If you only had a month to month lease then you can give the landlord written notice any time during the rental period, but you must pay full rent during the period covered by the notice. For example, say you have a month-to-month rental agreement, and pay rent on the first day of each month. You could give notice any time during the month (for example, on the tenth). Then, you could leave 30 days later (on the tenth of the following month, or earlier if you chose to). But you would have to pay rent for the first 10 days of the next month whether you stay for those 10 days or move earlier. (Exception: You would not have to pay rent for the entire 10 days if you left earlier, and the landlord rented the unit to another tenant during the 10 days, and the new tenant paid rent for all or part of the 10 days.
However, if you have a lease for a longer period (a year), then under the law, the landlord could actually pursue you for payment of all of the rental payments under the lease. In other words, she could sue for more than the balance of next months rent. The only exception there would be what I mentioned above, which is if she rerented the unit. Then you would only be liable for rental payment up to the date she started receiving rent from someone else.
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