What am I legally responsibile for after moving out?

My wife asked me to leave, took my key, and told me the lease was not in my name. She recently showed me documentation that the lease is in both our names. Do I still need to pay 50 of the rent? The utilities?

Asked on April 5, 2017 under Family Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Yes, if the lease is in both your names, you are contractually (a lease is a contract) obligated to the landlord for half of all amounts due (like rent) under the lease. Your domestic situation or family relationships have nothing to do with your contractual obligations and liabiity to the landlord, so you can be held responsible for anything you owe under the lease.


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