I'm leaving, but what do we do about the lease?
December 12, 2012 8:14 AM Subscribe
BadRoommateFilter: Last night, I came home to my roommate ranting about a dirty kitchen. The rant culminated with him throwing a jar candle at the window, at which point I left. There's broken glass on the kitchen floor still, this morning. I'm seeking new housing, but what to do about the rent for the remainder of the lease term?
posted by QuantumMeruit to law & government (15 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My roommate clearly has anger-management issues. The rant involved anger at me for not cleaning up the kitchen, and when I pointed out that he had left many messes in the kitchen, his response was, "You know what I think of that argument?" And then he threw the glass jar.
Bottom line, I no longer feel safe in the apartment, and I spent this morning actively looking for other housing options. I feel mad at myself that I can't get over this and that I'll pretty much have to eat my share of the rent until our lease is up.
We are both on the lease and I understand I have joint and several liability for rent. So if I simply stop paying rent and my roommate defaults, I'm screwed even more. Other than paying my half of the rent as it comes due, can you think of any other options for mitigating my obligations?
SuperSpecialSnowflakeDetails: Roommate is my brother-in-law. My wife, his sister, fully supports my move-out. And , many years ago I co-signed his student loans. Sending him into financial ruin or default will really screw me above and beyond my share of the rent for the remainder of the lease term.
I am not looking for legal advice and I agree that nothing posted here will form an attorney-client relationship.