Columbia, SC asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for South Carolina

Q: Need help regarding lease with two others that do not pay their rent.

In a year long lease with two others that is joint and severely. I have paid my rent on time and in full for the existing 6 months yet my two roommates are continually late on payments and have accrued late fees and bounced check fees on our account. About 2 month ago after they accrued a balance of over $4k of unpaid rent our complex sent us an eviction notice. What are my options to get out of this lease with them. I have tried to get a sublease for my room with no luck. We did have a bug infestation in October with no response or help from front office and maintenance.

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Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton
  • Summerville, SC
  • Licensed in South Carolina

A: If you are jointly and severally liable for the entire rent you have very limited options other than catching up the back rent and fees in order to stay in the property. Otherwise the eviction will likely go forward. Take a copy of the lease to an attorney and they might be able to give you some other options but without seeing the lease it is hard to say.

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