I am renting an apartment in which I signed a lease in september 2004 that states the lease automatically renews. I am in the process of buying a home now and plan on moving this month. I gave my landlord a 30 day notice on April 24th. I asked would I be prorated for the May rent until May 24th. She said that I would not, she says that it sates in the lease that everything is from the first of the month. I would be o.k. with this if it were, first true, second, if she didn't charge me prorated rent when I moved in september 24th. Is it legal for her to charge prorated rent upon moving in and not prorate my rent upon moving out? She also states that she was doing me a favor by not charging me the 2 month fine associated with breaking the lease early. This is in the lease but it specifically states during the first term of the lease if the tenant breaks the lease during the first 6 months the tenant would be responsible for the remainder. After 6 months, still during the first term is when the 2 month penalty occurs. The lease does not say anything about breaking the lease early during additional terms.
I've heard that automatic lease renewals are not enforced in some areas, I am in Tennessee, do I have a leg to stand on?