My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: Washington State.
My roommate officially informed me on 2/13 that they would be moving out of our shared apartment on 3/10 (they had previously (informally) mentioned they would be moving when a one bedroom opened up and informed me on 2/10 that they had been informed that a one bedroom would be available in March, but did not know when in March). We had a lease, but it ended a couple months ago and is on a month to month lease now. I was not given official notice that they would be moving until 2/13 (which left less than the 20 day notice required to move/give notice). When I mentioned that the 20 day notice had not been met they informed me that they had worked it out with management to move on 3/10 and had apparently given them their notice in February. Both our names are on the lease/both signed the lease. How does it work when one person gives notice/works it out with management/landlords, but the other is not informed in time? Even if they have apparently worked it out with the management of the apartment are they still obligated to give the roommate 20 days and/or retain responsibility for the remainder of March? They (the roommate) are telling me I have to leave on 3/10 as well. I am not going to be able to afford to move with that short of notice and probably will not be able to afford the rent for the month. When we moved in an extra deposit was paid (equivalent to a months rent). Can that be used for the last months rent if I give notice in March?