Rental lease I signed states, "jointly and severally". Total rent is $900. 3 roommates, all 3 signed. I broke lease, I gave 30 day written notice, landlord accepted notice. Landlord wants me to sign an early termination document, and pay a $300 fee. I am willing to do it, however the doc is written that I will no longer be obligated to pay my portion of the remaining 9 months, of $2,700. (300x9). I asked that be changed to 8,100 ($900x9). Landlord refuses to change. There was NO mention of a spilt or portion in the original lease. I want the document to say I no longer owe $8,100 before I agree to sign. Any advice on how to proceed?
Having signed this document you do not have many bargaining chips. Try asking the landlord to discharge you from "all obligations" under the lease in exchange for your $300 payment. Assuming you have correctly and fully stated his offer, his proposed wording is ambiguous. The way he has currently worded the proposed "early termination agreement" it could be interpreted to imply that you never had an obligation to pay anything but your pro rata portion of the rent. If you point this out he may be willing to change his termination agreement. Most folks would not have picked up on the issue you recognized; that of the deficiency of his proposal in satisfying your objective of freeing yourself from any further financial obligation created by the lease agreement. You seem pretty literate so I trust you will avoid entering into a lease like this in the future.
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