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Can I sue and ex-boyfriend over a broken lease?

Chico, CA |

My ex and I leased a duplex together. That we were both aware we could only afford together. My ex has since moved out without any notice, and has refused to pay anything towards the lease. Additionally refused to pay anything during the brief time that he was here after moving in. Can I sue over the amount that I have had to pay on his behalf? I am actively looking for a roommate to cover his portion of the lease. Can I hold him liable for the monies paid by me until a replacement is found?

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  1. Yes. You can sue him for breaching your agreement to each pay half. If damages are under $7500 it is a small claims suit. You are correct in trying to find new roommate as you have legl duty to mitigate your damages.

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