This is very complicated. I live in two bedroom with two bath apartment in Virginia. My roommate was my best friend and I needed to save some money to live on my own in the future. That's why I desired to move in with him.
Before, I moved in the apt. He lived with his partner and a friend, which three of their names were on lease. Rent was devinded by three. I moved in as a substitution of one of them since october 2004. Rent was included cable and internet, we devinded rent by three and I paid 1/3 of rent. I also gave $380.00 deposit which was 1/3 of total deposit to the friend that resigned.
My name has been on lease since. A year after, my roommate broke up with his partner and his partner moved out. We took his partner's name off the lease . Since october 2005, the lease remained on both of us name. We have been on 12 month lease since day one until October 2007.
When year 2007 lease was about to end, I desired not to continue leasing this apartment with him anymore because of my asthma and cat allergy. He has 4 cats but I have mentioned my leaving to him since we signed for 2007 lease. I've also been verbally mentioning not to continue 2008 many many time during the year which all friends and co-workers noticible. He always says it's no problem.
He wanted to keep the apt for hisself and desired not to have any replacement which I had no problem with that so I've informed my landlord and I was advised that in the order to have my name off the lease, he is required to apply to live on his own and he has to get an application approved from the apt. Unfortunately, he got denied. My roommate doesn't have place to go, nowhere accepts his application because of the bad rental credit and it's hard to find a roommate who wants to live with 4 cats.
We automatically rolled into a month to month lease until this solved. My roommate promised he will responsible for the full rent so I moved out of the apt by the end of October. The second week of November I got the letter from The court on failure to pay after proper notice given. It's obvious that he counldn't afford living by his own. He doesn't seem to worry and last talk we had was on December 18, he still never looked for a new place or a replacement.
Can I legally force him to sign a thirty day notice and move out? or How do I take my name off the lease? I don't want my credit to mess up because of his stubborn.