My question involves a roommate in the State of: California.
We've got a roommate moving out from a month-to-month rental. No problem so far, since he gave his notice in late July and is on the hook until Aug 31. The problem is that in the few months that he's been here he has managed to create an uncommon mess. Nothing has been damaged as far as I can tell, although he has been smoking and stinking things up contrary to our agreement, but the place is now strewn with trash, dirty dishes, kleenex, you get the picture. When he gave his notice I told him that he needed to clean the room since we need to begin showing it and it's unlikely anyone's going to want to move in given the current condition (or at least anyone that we really want to live with), but he has now apparently found his way to the tropics until the middle of August. Bizarre.
So, my question is this: I know I can legally deduct for any necessary cleaning and/or repairs when he moves out, but what responsibility does he have for preparing the room sufficiently to be able to show it? Does his 30-day notice require acting in good faith to maintain the room during those final days?