If I am moving out of an apartment that I share with roommates, am I still responsible for the utilities being used?

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If I am moving out of an apartment that I share with roommates, am I still responsible for the utilities being used?

Asked on January 20, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Massachusetts

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Whether or not you are responsible for the utility costs of the rental you are moving out of depends upon whether or not your lease is at an end or not contractually. Meaning, if your lease is up with no time remaining on it, you would not be responsible for the utility charges unless the utilities are in your name.

If in your name, you will need to remove your name as the person obligated with the utility companies.

If there is time remaining on the lease that you are obligated for, then you are liable to the landlord for the additional months as well as your agreed portion of the utility fees unless you receive a written lease for such from the landlord.


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