In Palatine Illinois, three people all signed on a 2 year house lease. The three people (not the landlord) are responsible for their own utility bills. All three parties verbally agreed to splitting the rent & utility bills (1/3 each) equally which we have been doing for the past 1 ˝ years. Now one of the three leasees has decided to move in with his girlfriend and says he will continue to pay rent but refuses to pay utilities because he is not living here and doesn’t use them.
Do we have a good winning case if we took him to small claims court to sue for the prorated (gas, water, electic, gabage) utility bills for the remaining 6 months of the lease.