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Old 12-24-2013, 09:53 PM
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I don't understand why all this time you never told your roommate to either have the LL call you or just call yourself.

Yes you are supposed to give notice of 30 days, in some places depending on your lease it can be 60 days, so if you move out earlier and your roommate stays two more months, you won't see the deposit until then. You can either be removed from the lease and ask your friend to give you half the deposit (or whatever deposit you paid) and then she gets to keep all of the deposit check when she finally moves out (but only if the LL agrees to remove you off the lease if your current roommate is staying an additional two months).
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Old 12-25-2013, 08:29 AM
Location: Riverside Ca
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Originally Posted by Sawdustmaker View Post

The problem that I've seen happen when one tenant moves out early and the others stay on the lease until it expires is that damage *can* happen by the remaining tenants. The tenant who moved out doesn't feel responsible, rightfully so, to have to pay that portion of the deduction from security, and more so, never feels responsible for the cleaning fee when the remaining tenants leave the apartment a mess. Although nobody attempted to clean the shower/kitchen floor/fridge from the date they moved in.

So my advice to you, OP, is to "walk through" the apartment with your roommate and take pictures of everything as it is upon your move out date. Have your roommate sign something you type up stating the condition of the apt upon your move out and that she is good with it.

If you can get your LL to walk through and inspect the apt on your move out day, do so - for damage purposes & a point of reference.

Doesn't matter. You are both equally responsible for the damage. Who caused it is inconsequential. It's no different than paying the rent. If one tenant doesn't come up with their portion the other tenant is responsible. People think that as long as they pay their portion they are off the hook and its the other tenants problem. Not true.
That's the problem with renting to roommates. They don't get the lease is on BOTH of their names and treat the lease as separate for each of them. That would be true if each signed a lease in their name only separate from the other tenants.
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Old 12-25-2013, 11:14 AM
Location: southwest TN
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You must give notice to the landlord IN WRITING according to the terms of the written lease you signed or state law if not mentioned in the lease (rare). It may be 30 days or 60 days, but it must be in writing. You are as responsible for paying rent until the time is up as your roommate is and any damages to the apt, including cleaning, will be deducted from the deposit after you have vacated according to the written notice.
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Old 12-25-2013, 02:01 PM
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Yes, you will need to pay rent for January and give your 30 day notice or whatever number of days notice is specified in your lease or your state law. 30 is most common. Also common (depending on state), is that you might need to give written notice by end of the month. Else you could be stuck paying rent for another whole month because the cycle has to be 30 days notice before the next rent cycle on the 1st. Each state is different. For example, give 30 days notice before end of December in order to move out Jan 30. If you live in a state with the stricter rule, if you have notice on Jan 3rd then you would owe rent for all of February also. If you live in a state with the less stringent rule, then if you have notice on Jan 3rd you would only pay rent until Feb 2nd midnight(30 calendar days regardless of rent cycle).

You cannot use the security deposit. You have to pay rent. Security deposit is a separate issue and the landlord usually has between 15-30 days(each state can have diff timelines) to return it to your or give list of damages/deductions.

Make sure you send written notice of move out, certified mail, return receipt(or proof of delivery). This shows the exact date you sent notice. Verbal notice isn't official notice. You can give verbal or text or email notice too out of respect, but send via regular mail as well for your official notice.
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