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Clarification on charging for a late move out

Hi all,  I'm a new landlord in Alabama.  My tenatnts moved out 8 days late.  I'm being nice and prorating the charges, per day.  What is the actual law on this?  Could I legally charge them for the full month or at least a half month?  Thanks!
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If the lease is silent on this issue: On the expiration of a lease the tenant has a duty to peacefully surrender leased premises. If he neglects or refuses to do so landlord may at his option treat him as either a trespasser or as tenant, it is the landlord`s choice. It seems to me that you CAN charge them a full month BUT they can also stay that entire month.
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