Typically if the lease contains a definite end term date (like your contract - December / 2013), then that means you are "locked" into that end date and the 30 day notice to vacate has more to do with you not planning on renewing the lease or becomes most applicable after the term expires and you go to a month-to-month tenancy.
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It depends on how the lease reads...IF the lease reads that it AUTOMATICALLY renews, then your notice may be irrelevant, as you moving out in March, would be a violation of the year renewal. IF you want this to be a month to month, and not renewing a full year, you need to speak with the landlord and see if he is agreeable. If not, then one of two things happens, 1) you are out at the end of the lease, or 2) you automatically renewed for a full year, and you are bound by that. Good luck.
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You are bound to the lease contract for the full term. If you decide to vacate before the term ends consult your lease to see what the lease breakage fees anf.penalties are. It never hurts to talk to your landlord and nicely ask if they can work with you on the fees. If the lease term is ending or approaching just give thirty days written noticeAsk a similar question