Columbus, OH asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio

Q: I signed a lease but my roommate did not we are both on it as ‘resident’ and we want to get out of it

Move in date was supposed to be 6/29 but we didnt even receive confirmation that we were approved until that day. We looked around for other places and found one that we liked because they had been very bad at communication.

1 Lawyer Answer
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: You signed the lease, so you are legally obligated to pay the rent. Try to work it out with landlord, or landlord could sue you for breach of lease and file an eviction. An eviction is a permanent court record that can make it difficult to rent from a landlord who checks the records. Landlord could also make a negative entry on your credit report, lowering your credit score and also making it difficult to rent from a landlord who checks your credit. If you can't work it out with landlord, then use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney to review the lease and all the facts of the situation and advise you.

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