When I first met my landlord, I told her that I am planning to stay 2 years at the house. The contract that she had prepared was for month to month and she changed it to 2 year instead of month to month. However, I got an unpleasant issue with my landlord and gave her the written notice 31 days ago that I would like to move out. Under the length of agreement, it has the termination term which is "either party may cancel or change terms of this agreement upon thirty days written notice." The "this agreement" represents the length of agreement because it is right under the length of agreement. The contract does not have any early termination policy or anything. Now, my landlord wants me to pay the rents until the 2 year term ends. Am I really liable for the rents until the contract term ends?
Without seeing the entire agreement, I can't answer. What you state is in the agreement conflicts. A two year lease should not be able to be changed on 30 days notice. It appears that your landlord MAY have incorrectly changed the agreement. But if the lease states you may change the lease on 30 days notice, you may not be liable.
In addition, many states require the landlord to take steps to lease out the property, and any liability would be limited to his actual loss (I am not admitted in Utah, so I don't know the law in your state).
It would be worth seeing if you can get a consultation for free (or inexpensively) from a local attorney.
This response is only general information and is not legal advice. It does not form an attorney-client relationship and should not be relied upon to take or refrain from taking any action. You should seek a qualified attorney before taking any action related to your inquiry.
Obviously the contract is going to govern the relationship. However, as a general statement - given the facts you have outlined - if you sent your land lord a written letter "i.e. a writing" that indicates your desire to terminate the lease 30 days from the date following the letter then you should be able to terminate the lease without further penalty. However, you need to be VERY careful about the notice language. Often such clauses will instruct the parties how the writing must be delivered and to what address it must be sent. You must strictly comply with such provisions to ensure yourself of the right to terminate the contract that you have quoted above.
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