Q: 8 months ago i signed a lease but never moved in and they charging me for not moving in
A: A lot has happened with the novel COVID-19 virus since you submitted your question. However, you have not provided much information concerning the lease contract, etc.
I suggest you contact a local attorney in the San Diego area that practices in the area of evictions and schedule a consultation. It should not take long for the attorney to review your lease and all other communications between you and the landlord to provide you with sound legal advice.
Important issues are (1) the terms of the lease that I assume you signed, (2) whether or not the landlord ever contacted you in close proximity to the "move-in" date, (3) whether there was an oral agreement that you would not move in, and (4) whether or not you paid a deposit and rent in advance.
Although it may cost you for the consultation, please seek counsel for advice.
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