If my girlfriend and I were on a lease together but we broke up and she moved out, can I go after her for rent that she didn’t pay me when she lived here?

She lived with me 4 months and didn’t pay a dime. Can I get her half of the rent back that she didn’t pay over those 4 months?

Asked on August 2, 2012 under Real Estate Law, North Carolina


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this coutnry, if two people sign a lease with a landlord and one does not pay his or her share where the other tenant covers the entire month's rent, the tenant that pays more than his or her share is entitled to be reimbursed the overpayment. So too in your situation.

Your girlfriend is responsible to repay you what you paid on her behalf.

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