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Help! What are tenant's rights to end this lease? (Arizona)

Posted by Keith Alicia Brewer on April 26, 2001 at 22:33:21:

We (the tenants) signed the lease contract shown on http://www.kinseylaw.com/freestuff/leaseten/ResLease.html
for 1 year with this couple who lives a few hours away. No additional lease provisions except additional security deposit and a 5-day grace period on the rent. At the time we did not note that there were no terms provided in case the tenant (us) wanted to break the lease prior to a year. We paid first and last months + security, cat, and cleaning deposits.

Last month, on the 3rd, the day we deposited the rent (within our 5-day grace period), these people chose to send to us a 5-day notice to evict and then they said on the phone they would be selling the house and perhaps we'd like to start looking for another place to live, stating they'd appreciate a 30-day notice, however.

Fine. We didn't want to deal with these people showing the house all the time and we now need to move for work anyways.... So we e-mailed them to state we would be sending them a 30-day notice to terminate and that they could use our initial payment of the last month's rent and we wouldn't owe them for the month of May, after which we would be gone and they could inspect for cleanliness, etc.

But now the landlords are saying we're liable for the rent through November and need to pay the May rent else they will serve a 5-day notice to vacate.

What rights do we have? We would like to get our deposits back and the house is in impeccable shape. Thanks for any info!

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