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This is a tricky area, but Florida law would probably render this arrangment to be month-to-month (assuming you paid monthly). Since it's verbal with no specifc term, it's considered to be a termination, in which case you were reuqired to provide at least 15 day's notice before the end of the month -- in writing. THe LL will have the right to rent for Feb.
You ask how much notice do you have to give? There is no statutory time frame for that. If you dont pay rental for February, you can be evicted and can be subject to a judgment for the rental and costs and fees. If you gave notice you were leaving you may be responsible for hold over rent which may be double what you paid. You are likely responsible for the month of February even though you are leaving by the 10th. Your past relationship only should help in convincing the landlord that you will either do the right thing OR you will be subject to a judgment which they would be able to collect. I would work it out with the landlord.
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Florida Landlord/Tenant law is primary governed by Chapter 83 of the Florida Statutes and the subject rental agreement. Pursuant to Section 83.57(3) of the Florida Statutes, a month to month tenancy may be terminated by either party by giving written notice not less than 15 days prior to the end of any monthly period.
Based on the foregoing, a written notice is required. However, provided the rental agreement or other prior agreement allows for notice to be provided verbally, you may have an exception.
I recommend you contact a lawyer regarding your issue if you feel you may have an exception to the written notice requirement.
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