I signed a 1-year lease starting Jan 2008. So I have 4 months to go. The main lease which is a residential lease-rental agreement and deposit receipt (Form 105.1 CAL (12-2005) by Professional Publishing states, "1. Term. The term will commence on Jan 8 2008 and continue until LEASE January 7, 2009 for a total rent of $17,400...." Rent is payable @$1,450 per month. The Addendum to Lease/Rental Agreement and Deposit Receipt states "7. Notice to Vacate - a Minimum of 30 (thirty) day written notice is required from each Tenant to vacate. See Term#19 Notices - page 3 of lease agreement regarding delivery. A 30-day notice is required on multiple month or month-to-month leases. Tenant will allow the showing of the property during the 30-day notice period with proper 24-hour notice." I am moving out of the area and provided a 30-day notice in writing that I was vacating per the addendum to the main lease agreement. The landlord is now saying that I cannot vacate because I signed a 1 year lease. I am confused because the addendum specifically provides for a 30-day written notice to vacate which I provided. In the meantime, as a precautionary measure, I have put placed an ad to advertise the upcoming availability of the apartment. But I am afraid that I will be at a disadvantage in reducing potential losses given the history of this apartment in locating a tenant (it took them almost 3 months to find me, the new tenant, because the previous tenant committed suicide. They are required by law to let the new tenant know this for the next 3 years. I was also given a 2 week rent free stay based on this suicide presumably at the start of my lease.) Please advise my options, potential pitfalls, and retention rate of security deposit. Thank you.