Posted by Mark Smith on March 08, 2000 at 09:51:42:
In Reply to: breaking lease posted by Tamara Greene on March 07, 2000 at 06:16:58:
Your co-tenant (NOT your roommate) broke her agreement with the landlord. When the lease is over, both you and she will be entitled to the return of all or part of the security deposit. The landlord might issue separate checks to each of you.
Just ignore her and her father when they demand the return of the security deposit. If the landlord issues separate checks for the return of the security deposit, you may have to sue her for the cleaning costs and for any rent that you lost, or may lose in the future, because she moved out early. I don't know if you are entitled to have a roommate or roommates under California law, but you seem to have done everything possibe to mitigate the damages that your co-tenant caused by moving out early.
: My old roommate moved out and broke her lease because she got pregnent. I found 2 other people to move in....one moving into the other bedroom and one into her old bedroom. She is still legally on the lease..I think or should be right? Her father keeps calling saying that he wants the deposit money from her half. She left and did not clean or anything. Do I legally have to give her back her deposit before the lease is up? We signed a lease in Chico, Ca. for a year and it is up in July. Should I just wait to give it to her or try to decide how much money to take out myself for the cleaning I had to do for her?
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