Generally, everyone on the lease is responsible to the landlord for the entire amount. Each tenant cannot just pay a prorated share. However, if one tenant does not pay his or her fair share, the other tenants may have a claim against the nonpaying tenant for damages.
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Mitchell P. Goldstein
Richmond, VA 23230
While the answer above is generally correct, you must examine the lease to determine if this applies in your situation.
For example, in some situations particularly in college towns, where roomates are common, the landlord may have structured the lease for each of the tenant/roomates to be individually liable only for the share they possess.
Good Luck and if you need further information, feel free to contact me.
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