My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: FL
My friend rented a house for 1 year in Orlando, FL in August 2011. Her and her roommate are both on the lease. Yesterday the roommate picked her things and left, she called the landlord and let her know that she had talked to my friend about leaving and that she wanted out of the lease. This was not true as the roommate had not communicated to my friend that she was leaving and that she was not giving her notice.
The roommate is on the lease and she currently has the utilities under her name. My friend talked to the landlord and told her that the roommate had not talked to her about leaving and getting out of the lease. The agreement was that if they were to leave they would give proper notice and help replace with a new roommate. The landlord said it was a domestic dispute and that they had to sort it out.
The lease agreement was left in the kitchen, when my friend went to look for it, the lease agreement was gone as well as the roommate and her things.
My friend is afraid that the roommate will call to cancel the utilities and since today is Friday she is afraid she will be out of services for the weekend.
What legal recourse does my friend have against the roommate?
Since the lease is a legal binding contract, I believe it wouldn't be as easy as lying and telling the landlord "I spoke with my roommate and she is ok of me getting out of the lease and not giving notice."
Any suggestions on what my friend can do.