How can I hold my roommate liable for rent and utilities since he has moved out and is on the lease?
The following is general information:
Two or more persons who enter into a rental or lease agreement with a landlord are referred to as cotenants. Although cotenants have the same legal obligations under a rental or lease agreement, each cotenant may be independently liable to the landlord for failure to comply with the agreement, including rental obligations. A typical rental or lease agreement cotenant provision states that the cotenants are jointly and severally liable for compliance with the agreement. Any agreements between cotenants regarding rental or lease obligations are not binding on a landlord, but cotenants may seek to enforce such agreements against one another in the same way other types of contracts are enforced. When a single tenant seeks to add a roommate, he or she must follow the landlord’s application process, and the landlord may request that a new rental or lease agreement be signed. The new agreement may include increases in the amount of rent and security deposit required.