Tenant did give me notice 30 days before the end of the month. However, the tenant ended up actually moving out not by the end of the month but 9 days into the next month. The lease doesn't say anything about this situation. Will judge agree that the tenant is liable for entire months rent or would it be prorated for the 9 days? Also, tenant didn't return keys to me (my only set) until 5 weeks after he moved out and I couldn't get in. (Am I entitled to charge him for rent for the month he didn't return keys.)
Also, I'm not able to appear for the hearing because I will be away in California for business. Can a relative or mine who knows what happened appear as a witness? If I hire a lawyer, can I authorize him to appear in my absence?