Louisville, KY asked in Civil Litigation for Kentucky

Q: Ex-roommate decided against my will that we would break our lease early and is now requesting I pay half of fees

I have paid the lease breaking fees ($2,000) and it’s been months but now they are contacting me threatening to take me to small claims court over some sort of damage fees that I was unaware of. Seeing as I had no part in the decision to break the lease and my ex-roommate is the primary on the lease, I do not feel obligated to pay any more than I already have. I believe, but cannot definitively prove, that the “damages” this fee is supposed to cover comes from the apartment billing us for the abundance of things my ex-roommate did not take out of the apartment before leaving. I believe this because I collected the last of my things on the final day before we had to be entirely out of the apartment and there were still a great many things of theirs left. Is it worth it to even try to stand my ground as opposed to being bullied into paying more money? Does their argument hold weight in small claims?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
  • Louisville, KY
  • Licensed in Kentucky

A: You and the roommate are jointly and severally liable for damages under the lease, although the damages should have been identified in a walk through when the apartment was vacated.

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