My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of Louisiana: I rented an apartment from May 2011-July 2011. Last May I signed a 13 month lease at my apartment complex. This past April I started building a home. When I paid Mays rent I included written notice of my intent to vacate the apartment upon completion of the house in July. It was my understanding that the lease then went month to month. June 1 I spoke with the apartment and reminded her we'd be moving out in a month. At that point she said my lease had renewed automatically because I did not send written notice. I moved out in July 1st but paid the entire month of July since there had been some confusion. I tried to be nice and pay for the extra month. I dont understand this since I did infact give the notice with Mays rent payment. Now the complex wants 3000 for breaking another 13 month lease. I am baffled because we had spoken with the landlord about building a house and she knew our intent to move out. Why wouldn't she contact me before autmatically renewing the lease. Now I am being contacted by a collections agency saying I owe them 3000. Am I liable for this? What do I do???
Is it even legal to autmatically renew a lease without me signing something and or agreeing to the terms of the new lease. Since the least would be a different price??