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Were you paying the rent on a month to month basis?
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While you are correct that the law is on your side regarding the 30 day notice when you have a month to month tenancy, the law also requires that it be a full 30 day notice period which means that your notice must be given to the landlord either on or before the monthly rent payment date. For example, if your rental payment date is the 1st day of the month, and you give a 30 day notice to move the day AFTER you pay your rent, you are stuck for the remainder of that rental period and the next rental period (which would be effectively be 59 days). So, whether or not you will have a solid defense against this landlord if they attempt to pursue you for the 60 days notice period depends completely upon the DATE that you gave the notice and the date that you wanted to move out by.
However, if the landlord was lying to you and is trying to tell you that the law requires a 60 day notice, period, then you may have a defense against them if they try to pursue you for any remaining rental money OR if you have to take them to small claims court to force them to return any deposit money and to stop making poor reports to credit agencies regarding your tenancy (which is your right to do after you leave the place). Unfortunately, there is nothing that can STOP the landlord from pursuing you in court after you leave the premises because they have the right to sue you or anyone they wish to sue even if their claim is frivolous and thrown out by the court in the end. There is nothing I can tell you and no advice that I can give you to keep the from suing you in the first place if that is what they are inclined to do. However, you may very well have a good defense against them in this matter if they do decide to pursue a case against you for the last 30 days where they will claim that you left "early" and you will claim that you gave them proper 30 day notice according to the law.
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