My ex and I rented the house I live in back in February. Both of our names were put on the lease, no references were checked or employment verified and he moved out in April. I have contacted my landlord to let him know that my ex has left and to ask to have him removed from the lease. I am pregnant and don't want him to be able to come and go as he pleases. They refuse to remove him from the lease and claim that they based their decision to rent to us on his information. Is there anything I can do legally to have him removed from the lease? I am now solely responsible for the rent and all of the bills.
You can't just remove someone's name from a written contract; it doesn't work that way. What will happen is you have to cover the rent and utilities, but can sue your ex for his half he skipped out on. But if you don't pay rent in full the landlord will evict you. You are correct the he can return to the property though as his name is on the lease. If you have some reason to think it's a violence issue apply for a restraining order.
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