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Did you give the management company the authority to negotiate on your behalf regarding the lease?
Did you sign the lease or did the management company?
Ok, unfortunately, if you gave the manager authority to enter into a lease agreement on your behalf, the he would be considered your agent and his actions bind you. You could sue the agent for breach of contract if you specifically told him that you only wanted a 6 month and he agreed to a 12, but the lease with the tenant is still legally binding. This is under the legal doctrine called "respondeat superior" which states that the principle is liable for the actions of his agent.
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