Saint Joe, IN asked in Landlord - Tenant for Indiana

Q: My roommate wants to terminate lease early, I do not. Landlord told her it was 1600.00 to break lease, do I have to pay

Roommate said that I was responsible for half of the 1600.00 and sign an early termination form, but the landlord said that I can stay at the apartment but I would just have to sign a new lease. Am I responsible for part of the 1600.00 be charged if I stay in the apartment? Can I sue the roommate for the rest of the rent?

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Alexander Florian Steciuch
Alexander Florian Steciuch
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Valparaiso, IN
  • Licensed in Indiana

A: If you do not want to break the lease early, you don't have to. If your roommate wishes to pay an early termination fee per the rental agreement, your roommate can do that. However, if you are on the lease agreement together you could have grounds to bring a claim against your roommate for the half of the rent you are still on the hook for. I have no idea why you would pay an early termination fee if you do not plan on leaving. You should negotiate with your landlord to stay and find a new roommate.

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