My (ex) boyfriend and I are on a lease together for a single family home until January 2019; I go on a business trip to Texas and come to find out he up and leaves without saying a word, takes his stuff out and leave our dogs stranded for several days. Is he legally responsible for half the rent until the lease expires? Can he be held accountable for that? What about other costs I paid on his behalf (legal fees, medical/dental, etc) that I have receipts for? He is claiming I’m just SOL and on my own... I was just supposed to go home to an empty house and make the best the of it? I would love to recoup the thousands of dollars of expenses that I paid for him but if that’s not an option it is what it is. Most importantly I’m concerned about him being responsible for half of the rent.
If he signed the lease, you are both jointly and severally responsible for the entire amount. This means that the landlord can collect the entire rent from either tenant. If you can prove that he customarily paid half the rent, you may be able to sue him to recover that portion.
Regarding expenses you paid for him, those are unrecoverable unless there was some provable agreement he'd repay you.
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