If a landlord removes my roommate from the lease after she leaves with 5 day’s notice, will I have a chance in court against her for anything?

My roommate and I moved into this place 5 month ago. We signed a one year lease but she informed me yesterday that she’s moving out Saturday. That leaves me with no time to find someone else to move in. She might have the landlord remove her name from the lease. I don’t know what that will mean legally or if the landlord will even do it. I just want to know what my chances are of winning any monies from her for the expenses just thrown on my lap with little notice. I have been looking already but I doubt I’ll have any luck this soon.

Asked on July 19, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Indiana

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

You have a good argument that your former roommate is responsible for one half of the lease for the blance of it unless you get a replacement roommate. The reason is that you and your former roommate signed a lease with your landlord where there was at least an implied agreement between you two to have the rental for the balance of the lease's term.

I suggest that you consult further with a landlord tenant attorney about your matter and how to proceed.


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