I moved into an apartment with a girlfriend last October. The deposit was paid by check in her name (although my money, landlord unaware of this), and only her credit and her income were verified, as I am a student who works as a chef under the table. The problem, however, is that I was the only one to sign the lease despite her name appearing on it in what looks like the primary lessee. She just never got around to it - conveniently - and then left the apartment 2/26 while I was actually in the hospital for several days, leaving no help for March. This hospital stay lost me my job, as restaurant owners will just plug someone else in and I was unable to work. As a full-time student, it was nearly impossible for me to find a new job and catch up, and now I am behind on rent with next month's rent due in 5 days and May as-yet unpaid. I took care of March and April with my savings. Not sure this helps or if anyone knows of any resources, but my home and workplace were destroyed in Sandy, and I just haven't been able to get back on track fully since. Is there any way to void the lease? What about getting extra time, as I am self-employed doing consulting work now that I have graduated?
"I signed the lease". It is not just your situation that matters. The landlord does not have to finance your problems, and is entitled to his rent. And if you and your ex had an arrangement that you would each pay half, you can sue her for her half.
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From your statements there doesn't seem to be a way to just get out of the lease - talk to your landlord about finding someone to take it over.
It looks like you are still on the hook. Talk to your landlord and he or she may be willing to work with you to find a replacement tenant - you will still be liable for rent until the replacement tenant moves in.
Legally, you do not have a right to break the lease based on the unfortunate circumstances you encountered; however, you may have come recourse against your ex-girlfriend as per the agreement between the two of you for her financial contribution towards the rent.
Please understand the above is not legal advise and is based on the limited information provided. You should speak with an attorney and provide the lease to obtain legal advise.
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