Thank you for the additional information. If you broke the lease
early, you could be liable to the landlord for damages. He could go after you for the costs in removing the items left and storage ( even though I am unsure why he would store your items instead of just disposing of them). If he did retain legal counsel in this matter, he could certainly ask that you pay the legal fees but are not obligated at this time, unless ordered by the court. If he were to sue you to recover money owed, the Judge would likely allow him the fees and costs which he incurred. If he is asking for legal fees, you may want to ask him for a break down of what these fees are. The reason I say that, is because if you only received a letter from him, as stated above, I am unsure as to what the attorney did or charged him for and the amount. As you see in the code/statute, the language which must be included in the notice is stated within. It does not take very long to write it. You can always make a counter offer as well, advising that to avoid going to court, you will give him a lump sum payment of "X" dollars to resolve this.
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