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Ok, thank you for your patience on this. Unfortunately, there is no law that prohibits the charging of two month’s rent; however, it seems like there are a couple causes of action that you may have against this debt collection company and against the landlord. Under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act at section 1692(e), it is unlawful for a debt collector to say that you owe a balance when you do not. In the future, you may want to consider just writing a cease and desist letter (click here) for all collection attempts under the FDCPA. Lawyers use letters like these on the regular basis to enforce their client’s rights. There’s a site that I’ve used in the past where you can find a good template for a demand letter (click here). It only costs $10 and it is way cheaper than litigation. If they continue, then you should file a complaint with the FTC regarding their action.
I understand what you mean. Generally, I can't find any legal Authority that says that they can't double charge for the rent. a landlord's damages generally must be mitigated by reasonable efforts to find a new tenant for the place. However, this limits the amount of damages that they can charge. Contract law would probably have them disgorge (give back) the amount that they charged you if they found a new tenant during the month that you would technically have to pay.