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If the lease doesn't require advance notice to avoid an additional penalty, they can't charge you that. The purpose of charging someone two month's rent when they break a lease is to offset the money the landlord will lose from trying to find a new tenant. Tacking on an additional 2 months rent would amount to a penalty for breaking a contract, and the law frowns on that as a matter of public policy. They have a right to be put in the same position they'd be in if you hadn't broken the lease (meaning, they get rent until they can find a new tenant). They're not allowed to PROFIT for you breaking the lease.
You don't have to pay extra and can sue for a refund if they keep your security deposit for this reason.
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