If my wife secured a protection order and has moved out of our rental home, is she still responsible for her half of rent and utilities until the lease expires?

My landlord is wanting me to sign a new lease releasing my wife of her obligations to the rental unit. We both signed the lease that doesn’t expire for another 6 months. A big problem is that my wife used the security deposit for her rent last month while I was away and used up all the heating oil which it states in the lease that the tank is to be filled at the time we vacate the premises. I am out the $1,000 for security and the $1,250 that it is going to cost to fill the oil tank. Is my wife responsible for any of it until the lease expires?

Asked on March 11, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Maryland


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