San Diego, CA asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for California

Q: Can my ex roommate sue me?

my roommate wants to take me to court for rent. So as far as i know when you pay rent it's for the upcoming month right? Well i paid at the end of June which means i paid to stay in the apartment in July. And in August i moved out and got my name off the lease. I did let them know in the middle of June that i was leaving, i even offered to find another roommate but they declined. Well now that it's august they want me to pay for what was due at the end of July but doesn't that mean I'm paying to stay there in August? But my name was removed in the beginning of august and the keys were returned the same time. I also told them that i will pay for half of the cleaning fee at the end of the lease since i stayed there for the majority of the lease. We left because my girlfriend and i felt unsafe living there. We even expressed this to the leasing office.

Our names were off the lease in beginning of August, we paid at the end of June as our last payment. They want to sue for July's rent

1 Lawyer Answer
Jonathon Maddox
Jonathon Maddox
  • Redding, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Generally you would pay for the upcoming month, yes. Obviously every contract can be different though, so it would depend on when you originally paid and what the deal was. What does the tenant agreement say? When does the specific month-to-month start/stop? (oftentimes it's the first of each month, but it doesn't have to be.)

If this isn't already resolved, you should consult a lawyer if your ex-roomate does sue you. But there aren't enough specifics here to give a clear answer.

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