Am I responsible for my roommate's bills if I move?
July 3, 2008 6:39 AM Subscribe
I am moving out before our lease expires. Am I liable for the rest of our future bills?
posted by anonymous to law & government (17 answers total)
I cannot stand my roommate. I am moving out of our shared two-bedroom apartment a couple of months before our lease expires. I have not told him yet.
Both of our names are on the rental agreement, but only mine is on the bills, and he pays me back his equal share of them.
Our rental agreement states that the tenants are responsible for all utility bills except water.
The agreement also says that if tenants move out before their one-year-long lease expires, they are responsible for giving the landlord the rest of the rent that they owe. It does not state what should occur with the utility bills in such a situation.
I do not think I should be responsible for helping to pay for my soon-to-be ex-roommate's electricity and gas and whether he is able to foot the bills on his own is of less than zero concern to me.
What do you make of this? Does this mean that if I move out before our lease expires, I can hand the landlord the rest of the rent that I would owe until then, and stick my roommate with the bills? If so, how can I transfer them to his name if he refuses to take responsibility for them, especially since I do not know his social security number?