One of my roommates went to jail. I've had no contact with him since he's been in there for over a week now. I've called to find out that he has five moving violations and a dui violation that totals to 5600 dollars. I've had no contact, and we would like to get his name removed from the lease
A lease is a contract. To change or amend a contract ALL parties to the contract must agree to the change. Deleting a tenant from a lease is a change. So, the landlord has to agree to the change and all the persons who signed the lease as tenants must agree to the change including the one who is in jail. The changes must be in writing and signed by all parties. When the lease term expires you can decline to renew that lease and sign a new one without the roommate.
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