My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: New York
I am a college student in Ithaca, New York and housing issues are common in my area.
I never signed an official lease for my apartment in 2009-2010. I lived in a four-bedroom, 1 bathroom apartment with four other people. Two of my housemates signed the lease for the apartment while the other two (me included) did not. All of us gave a security deposit for the apartment for $525 each ($2100 total). Rent was $525 a month per tenant.
I was unhappy with the living situation and decided to move out by the end of December 2009. One of my roommates found a replacement for me. No documents were signed. I assumed she would simply take over my room.
My former housemates renewed their lease and will be living there next year. I would like my security deposit ($525) back, but my former landlord informed me that the girl who took over my room did not pay one month's rent, and my security deposit will be used to cover her unpaid rent.
I have contacted the girl who took over my room several times, and she claims she cannot afford to pay it. She also now lives in NYC. I would like to get my security deposit back and have this girl pay the rent she owes. Do I have a case here?