My question involves a roommate in the State of: Virginia
So, my roommate put pot in my hookah. I didn't realize what it was, and when i found out, i told her i wanted to move out. This happened a week after we signed the lease. She said she would have to find a roommate first and i would be responsible for the $150 lease alteration fee, to which i agreed. Now she refuses to find a roommate, and since I can't stay in the apartment due to her drug usage, i have moved out to a friend's place but continue to pay rent at my actual apartment. She and I have exchanged emails where she acknowleges what she did and that she does drugs.
Bascially, I want off of the lease by July 1st, which will give her a total of 90 days to find a replacement. My plan is to then inform the landlord in a written letter that I am trying to settle the matter privately and have no intention of getting my roommate kicked out of the apartment. After that, I want to stop paying the rent (after July 1st) which would lead to either her covering the rent or getting us evicted. Since I already have a place to stay, and all of my stuff is out of the apartment already, an eviction wouldn't be terrible unless it affects my credit.
Do you think this is a good plan? If I end up having to pay the lease breakage fee, which for the apartment is a total of $4040, can I sue her in small claims court for the lease breakage fee since she violated the lease by doing drugs? What proof do I need?
Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!