My question involves a roommate in the State of: California
I had a roommate (subleasing month to month.. no written contract, just verbal) who gave notice on March 29 and said he's moving out April 6 (only 8 days notice). On April 6, he packs up moves out ALL of his belongings and has yet to pay rent for the month of April. On the day he moved out, I asked for the rent money I told him because you have yet to pay rent, your deposit will go towards this months rent and you will owe the remaining balance. Which he laughed at but eventually agreed to.
Because he didn't pay rent, didn't leave a forwarding address, and already moved out all his belongings. My gf and I felt unsafe about him coming and going as he pleased since he had no reason to return. So we asked the leasing office (we're both on the lease) to change our locks for our safety and security.
Well he came by this weekend (April 11) to pay the remainder of the rent owed and return his keys was upset the locks were changed on him and he now wants his deposit back and not pay rent for April.
My questions are, do we have to refund his deposit since he didn't give 30 days notice? And is there any consequences for us changing the locks?
Thanks for your time and help.