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I live in FL and my lease had ended. I lived at the apartment complex for appro six months after the lease ended, and was going month to month. I never agreed to a new lease, and after four months of being gone they are charging me breaking a lease which they stated expired sin July 2018. Can they just renew my lease?? And can they make me pay for breaking a lease in I didn’t know I had??
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Did your lease have a provision causing it to automatically renew?

Have you asked the landlord to produce a copy of a signed lease covering the time period they claim you have breached?

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I am attempted to, however they said they have sold the balance of the agreement. They referred me to the debt collection agency

Have you been contacted by the third party debt collector?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
they called me and sent me a email with what I allegedly owe, however they have not produced the contract or the lease

Thank you for the additional information.

Your landlord may not unilaterally extend or renew your lease.

Under federal law the debt collector. are required to send you proof of the obligation.

Send the debt collector a certified letter demanding a copy of the lease and any other written proof they have of the debt. If they can not produce the proof then they can not prove the claim in court and you can tell them that any further communication from them will be treated legally as harassment, pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

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