Posted by Fall Guy on February 21, 2000 at 20:16:09:
I signed a lease with a friend/business partner 7 days ago. I entered the apartment and found him irritated and irrational due to drug use. He tried to get me to leave, eventually using physical violence. In defending myself I caused a cut injury on him, while my bruises did not show up until later that day. I was consequnetly arrested for asault and bared by the court from entering the apartment. I put $15,000 of the $17,000 to get into the apartment (security, 1st month, brokers fee).
We had a verbal agreement, as well as an agreement in writing that he would [ay me back half - a usual agreement involving money.
I would like to break the lease entirely and have us both move out - We had moved in 2 weeks earlier than the lease specified and the start date has not yet begun (march 1st).
How do I get out of the lease, get my >$15,000 back and resolve myself of the liability for the rent? We are both on the lease.
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