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If the landlord provided the lease and the tenant signed it, then it is instantly binding on both parties. There is no legal obligation to have a notary stamp on a lease and its presence or omission doesn't affect the enforceability of the lease at all.
I don't see what state you are in, but generally a tenant can request a copy of the signed lease and wouldn't have to settle for an unsigned copy. But again, not getting a signed copy wouldn't make the lease invalid.
If you are a tenant and are trying to get out of a lease, if you give me some more information about what is going on, I may be able to make some suggestions..
As an aside, in addition to being an attorney, I have also been a landlord for over 26 years...