I learned a valuable lesson this week: never trust a landlord who is also a lawyer. About 6 months ago I called my LL on the phone to see if it would be a problem to get out of our lease a couple of months early. We had always had a friendly, informal relationship and I wanted to talk to him personally. Anyway, he said no problem and only asked that I agree to show the house because he was going to go ahead and try to sell it. Of course, I agreed. I informed him later on the phone of the exact date of our departure...again he simply said thanks. On the day or our move he texted me and said "how's the move going? You guys excited about the new house?" Totally nice and understanding.
10 days later he sends me a document stating that we are in default on the lease. The switch has been flipped. He is now no longer the friendly guy, he's now the cold-blooded, ruthless, a-hole lawyer. He no longer remembers our previous conversation where he verbally agreed to let us out of the lease early. I go to my own lawyer and he says...yep, this guy is a d1ck, but he has you. Nothing was put in writing. I ended up having to pay out the remainer of the lease. That's what you get for being nice and trusting people.
Lesson learned. Get everything in writing. By the way, I am reporting him to the Florida State Bar. He's already been publicly reprimanded for unethical conduct and they have a hotline you can call to report stuff like this.