Los Angeles, CA asked in Landlord - Tenant for Utah

Q: Do we need to give a landlord our paystubs while we’re in the lease?

We have a roommate on the lease wanting to move out. In order to move out the landlord needs current paystubs for the remaining roommates. The lease ends in august.

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Kenneth Prigmore
Kenneth Prigmore
  • Spanish Fork, UT
  • Licensed in Utah

A: It is not normal to show paystubs to landlords. It sounds like your landlord is concerned about whether the remaining tenants can afford to pay the rent if one of them leaves.

The relationship is controlled by the length of the rental agreement everyone signed. If the person who wants to leave signed the rental agreement, they are bound by it. They must stay as long as they agreed, or get a replacement tenant to pay the rent in their place. If they leave without a replacement, the landlord can sue them for the cost of finding a new tenant, and if no one wants to live there, the lawsuit can include the cost of rent for the remainder of the lease.

If the tenant that wants to leave did not sign a rental agreement, and they pay for all of the time that they have lived there, the landlord will not be able to sue them if they leave.

If only the remaining tenant signed the rental agreement, they will be responsible for the full rent when one of the other tenants leaves. As long as past rent has been paid, and the rent in the future gets paid, the landlord cannot complain when someone leaves.

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