I am in a month to month lease with a roommate where we both are jointly and severally liable. I gave my notice to leave and I was told I had to find someone to replace me. It has been extremely difficult finding a replacement as my roommate has been not helpful at all and the two replacements that applied were “denied” by the owner of the property. They were asking for a larger deposit and other unfair demands, whereas when I applied I was simply approved and added to the lease. I feel they are trying to make this more difficult in order to get more money or maybe hoping I won’t pay rent and then be able to evict me and the roommate. What are my options? I feel I have tried everything and every replacement has been denied by them.
If you are a month-to-month co-tenant, you have the right to terminate that co-tenancy by giving proper written notice. You have no legal obligation to find a replacement co-tenant, and would have no liability for rent accruing after your notice expires (assuming you vacate and surrender possession no later than that expiration date). Schmitt v. Felix (1958) 157 Cal.App.2d 642.
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