My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: NC
I have a rental property with two cotenants. One of the tenants "Sam" told me he was leaving at the end Aug 1st on July 5th, stating he "thought" the other tenant "Patty" would be staying. The lease ends on August 1st and would have converted to month to month. I did not have Patty's number and Sam did not give it to me even after three requests- although he was apologetic about it. Sam finally told Patty that I needed to speak to her at the same time he told her he was leaving on the 12th. Patty called me immediately and acknowledged she would be unable to afford to stay without a roommate, and wouldn't be able to sign another year lease (making finding a new roommate almost impossible). She has given a 30 day notice and is moving out Aug 13th. My question-after she moves out can I give her the entire deposit (her half and the other renters half) minus any damages? My inclination is to give her the entire deposit since Sam did not act in good faith, in my opinion. He put the other renter in a difficulty position since she is in college and only works part time and left me with a renter who can't afford the rent. Just not sure if Sam would have good reason for complaint later. Otherwise, they have both been good tenants.
The lease is very basic and only addresses the requirement of a 30 day notice if the renters decide to stay on after the termination of the lease. Is it proper notice when only one renter gives notice but doesn't even tell the other renter he is leaving?
Thanks in advance for any help- and I know it wasn't very smart to not have the contact info of one of my renters, and I also need to get a better lease.