An attorney would need to review the entire lease agreement to tell you exactly how this is going to play out, as there is generally a separate "Default" clause which covers a breach such as this. That said, even if the lease is silent, the VA Code provides rules that define what happens in the event of a breach, and they are not significantly different from these abandonment provisions. The abandonment provisions are basically in place so the landlord can enter the premises if they're not entirely certain whether you've left town, gone or vacation, or perhaps died. Since you provided 60 days notice, my take on this would be that the breach or default provisions in the lease would apply, and not the abandonment clause, though there may be little material difference between the two. Either way, you likely will get sued, so I would strongly advise you to obtain competent real estate counsel before vacating the premises.
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