I am currently on a 1 year lease with 3 others and 2 co-signers. Our year is over and I asked to be removed from the lease along with my co-signer. I was told the lease would still financially obligate my co-signer and myself until all tenants left my apartment. My other roommates do not want to leave but I do not want to be held responsible if they can no longer pay the rent. What can I do? I thought I was only agreeing to 1 year or the duration of my lease but now it looks like I will be held responsible for a much longer duration.
In a month to month tenancy, the lease is normally considered to expire at the end of each month and a new lease is created. Thus I would give the landlord 30 days written notice of your intent to terminate your tenancy and then move out. You should not be liable for anything that occurs after you both terminate your lease and actually vacate.
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You should give written notice to all parties that you want to move. This should be 30 days before you move. Go to the local library and ask the librarian for a book by Nolo about rental agreements for tenants, or other similar books.
Your lease was for one year. If that year has already gone by, your lease term has expired. You are now considered a month to month tenant. If you want to move, give 30 days notice in writing to your landlord and the other tenants and move at the end of the 30 days. Technically you can leave any time, but you would be responsible for 30 days of rent. Other than that, you can't be held responsible for the other tenants or any other term.
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