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Notwithstanding anything contrary in this Agreement, Tenant shall be entitled to terminate this Lease Agreement upon expiration of a 6-month period from the date of the Lease with a 30 day written notice to the Landlord.
They included it into the lease agreement and also let him use a security deposit towards the last month rent when he gave a notice.
Good luck negotiating your lease
As the answers, my best advice is to be honest and try to negotiate with the landlord/management before the lease renewal. It depends a lot on the Management you are dealing with. In many cases, there's a provision when you might have a penalty... And in many cases, it could be a financial penalty!
When you finally know when you need to move, a good provision would be to give the landlord a thirty (30) day notice.
Before becoming a Real Estate agent, I was renting an apartment and suddenly, I had to move before my lease was ended. I talked to the Management Company and they worked with me to not create them a gap and the whole experience went very smooth!
I hope everything works very well for you!
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It really comes down to whatever you and the landlord agree to, ideally up front. You can ask for a 8 month lease, 10 months, 11 whatever works best for you. Landlords often don't want leases to come due in the winter months, so anything short of 12 months may not be a problem, just ask. If they say no, offer some incentive like higher rent, paint or other minor upgrades prior to leaving.
I'd say talk to your landlord and see if he will agree to a 6 month extension instead with an option to extend month to month after that. Most landlords will work with you as long as there is no gap between you and the next tenant coming in.