It is completely dependent upon the contract, but, generally, you must give the 60-day notice in conjunction with a rental period--if your rent is due on the 1st, you would have to include the short month of February in your calculations and give 60 days (or more to be careful), and pay rent for those two rental periods.
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The technical answer as outlined by Attorney leary is what it is. However, having dealt with a number of LL/t cases, you may have some leverage to obtain agreement from your landlord to move out prior to the 60 days specifiedi n your lease, but that will depend on a number of unknown factors. You need to contact a landlord tenant lawyer for advice on the specifics of your case.
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Based only on the scant information you provided, you can send out notice at any time in January for an April 1st termination, subject to the following caveat. ***February does not have 30 days. Plan accordingly to make sure you give at least 60 days***.
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