How to Leave a Lease with Roommates

Landlord Protection How to Leave a Lease with Roommates

The Easy Way to Leave a Lease With Roommates

One of the most frustrating and annoying situations in life is dealing with a bad roommate. Whether they party all night, stink up the place, don't pay rent, or all of the above, it can be hard to get rid of them or leave a lease when you have roommates.

It seems like it should be easy to kick someone out if they aren't paying their rent or living up to their end of the deal, even if they have signed the lease along with you, but that isn't the case. It's often a long, drawn-out legal battle to  else.

You can take some preliminary steps that may help , but there is no real guarantee they will work. If a landlord refuses to let you out of a lease, and you move out anyway, it can cost you thousands of dollars and several days in court. Fortunately, DoNotPay has a simpler solution.

Examine Your LeaseYour lease will determine how you can declare your intent to vacate the rental property for any reason. With month-to-month lease agreements, renters can deliver a written notice of intent to vacate with a 30-day notice. Yearly leases don't typically have that stipulation, but it's worth it to take a look.

You might find a few things:

  • You can leave with 30 days or less written notice.
  • You can leave after a stipulated amount of time and pay prorated fees.
  • You will face penalties if you leave before your lease is concluded.
Consult with Property ManagerProperty managers are people too. If you explain the situation with your roommate, your landlord may feel some sympathy for you and let you out of the lease, especially if they are familiar with the troublesome roommate.

Remember, though, to be respectful. Landlords are under no legal obligation to let you out of your lease. It's their job to keep the units occupied.

Negotiate with the RoommateIf there simply isn't a way to get along with your roommate, consider taking over their rent payments. If that isn't financially feasible, see if they will take over yours. If the lease is new, offer to help find a new roommate to replace you. If the lease is about to expire, it would be a great time for either of you to move out if you can swing the last few payments in full.
Consider SublettingSubletting has become a viable source of income for many folks, whether they own their own home or not. As long as the landlord is open with the idea, sublet your lease agreement to a friend in need or a vacationing student.

Be careful here, though. Subletting a space that specifically prohibits it in the lease can land you in serious trouble.

Leaving a Lease When You Have Roommates With DoNotPay

It would be wonderful if negotiating with the landlord or trying to talk it out with the roommate ever worked, but it rarely does. Landlords want to keep units filled and have every right to force you to fulfill the lease agreement. After all, no one forced you into the agreement.

Rude roommates rarely see the issue in their behavior, and if they do, they don't care. Some are even out to intentionally make your life miserable if you don't play their kind of ball. It can almost be worth it to pay all the extra money and wash your hands of the whole awful situation, but is that necessary?

DoNotPay is the answer. DoNotPay guides you through disputes on your behalf with our Landlord Protection product. It can help you:

  1. Get back security deposits.
  2. Educate you on your state's eviction laws and what protections apply in your case.
  3. Settle disputes involving repairs with your landlord.
  4. Resolve disagreements with roommates by filing demand letters and/or through small claims court.
  5. Break your lease early.

Breaking a Lease When You Have Roommates With DoNotPay

Breaking a lease with a rude roommate is as easy as 4 simple steps with DoNotPay.

  1. Search for and open the Landlord Protection product on DoNotPay.


  2. Select which issue applies to you.


  3. Answer a simple set of questions so our chatbot can collect the necessary information to create your demand letter.


  4. Choose whether you want DoNotPay to send the demand letter to your landlord or roommate on your behalf. If you already tried sending a demand letter and it didn't work, we can help you start the small claims court process.


And that's it! You should hear back from your landlord once your demands are sent.

Why Use DoNotPay to Break a Lease If You Have a Roommate

There are a lot of great reasons to use the DoNotPay system because we solve problems other legal apps can't.

  • Speed – We've gathered all the data you need, and it's ready when you need it. No need for you to spend hours at the computer researching.
  • Simplicity – You're no longer expected to memorize and categorize all the steps in the lease appeal process or fill out pages of monotonous documents to get things done. We take care of the whole process.
  • Success – We always make the best case for our clients, no matter the legal situation, appeal, or length of the lease.

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