Okay, so my wife and I have found a house that we want to rent. Unfortunately, our current apartment office is giving us and our future landlord a difficult time. They claim that we need to give them 60 days notice to moving out, and won’t release any of our information to him. After arguing on the phone for about 10 minutes, they agreed they could take a temporary notice over e-mail to release our information, and then we would have to come in and sign the paperwork later to make it official.
Now the problems starts. We want to give them 30 days notice. They say that we can’t do that, and want to put us on the hook for another 1100 dollars (one month plus some extra fee) to complete a full 60 day notice.
We don’t want to pay 1100 dollars for an empty apartment, and we think they are being unreasonable in requiring 60 written days notice, when I had already informed them of us moving out verbally well over a month ago. Some of my co-workers have told me apartment complexes require stuff like this, but can’t really do anything if you are out by your lease end date. What options do we have, if any?
Another hypothetical: Let’s say we go in there and say, “Here is our 30 days notice in writing. This is all you are getting.” Then we move out on our scheduled 30 days notice and turn in our keys.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.
ETA: We currently live in Texas, if this matters.