Q: My roommate moved out and we're both still on the lease. Is she still responsible for her half of the rent?
My roommate has completely moved out, but she says she will still pay her rent. Because she's on the lease. How can I legally get a new roommate?
A: Both of you remain fully liable for the entire monthly rent amount. If she stops paying, and you do not pay it in full, landlord can evict you and sue both of you. Check your lease to determine if it allows you to sublease, or work it out with landlord if you find a new roommate.
Taylor P Waters agrees with this answer
A: Mr. Jaap is correct, but you can also have someone "assume" her responsibilities of the lease without subletting. Talk to your landlord and ask if rather than subletting if they would be willing to allow a new roommate to assume the responsibilities of the prior roommate. Doing this will allow your old roommate off the hook, and allows the landlord to conduct all the screenings they would do for an ordinary tenant.
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