What to do if my roommate moved out 4 months before lease was up and has not kept his promise to pay his share of the rent?

A friend and I moved in together and signed a 1 year lease (we are both on the lease). He moved out a month ago and said he would pay his half of the rent for the remainder of the lease. He has since changed his mind. Is there anything I can do about this?

Asked on November 5, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Florida

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If you and your former roommate have a written or oral agreement where each of you were to pay one-half (1/2) of the expenses for the rental that you shared, the roommate moved out four (4) months ago stating he would honor the prior agreement with you but has since changed his mind, your option to get reimbursed for the full amount of rent you are paying are as follows:

1. get a short term roommate to cover the rent of the former roommate;

2. send a written letter to the former roommate seeking payment for all past months due by a certain date. If not paid as requested, your option would be small claims court against him. Keep a copy of all letters sent him.

Good luck.


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