Who is responsible for additional charges when lease is over, when one party moved out over a year ago (and is about to be off the lease).
March 6, 2012 2:31 PM Subscribe
I moved out of a rented townhouse shared with my previous partner almost a year ago but I'm still on the lease. I just have to sign a paper to be removed, as he remained in the house. When the lease is up and he moves out, who is responsible for any repairs?
posted by custardfairy to Law & Government (7 answers total)
My former partner and I split up in May of last year and I moved out in June. I informed the rental office that I would be moving out and that he would be staying. They said he needed only to provide proof that he could afford the rent and sign a document releasing me from the lease. My ex is a good guy, but a procrastinator, and he only recently completed the paperwork. Apparently I also need to sign that document.
Here's where it gets tricky. I don't believe there was a security deposit when we moved in, but I could be wrong. The house had some wear and tear when I moved out (we lived there since 2006, with three cats who were litter box compliant but shed like the dickens). I haven't had access to the house since I moved out. My ex isn't much of a cleaner, and I'm worried about the condition of the house. I don't know what it might look like now. He's also moving back to England after the lease expires and not planning on taking much of his stuff with him. It's pretty full of stuff. I'm panicking at the thought of having to try to clean it out myself.
So, my main question is: If there are additional charges for cleaning and repairs, who would be responsible?