If my girlfriend moved out before our lease was up, is she liable for the rest of the rent?

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If my girlfriend moved out before our lease was up, is she liable for the rest of the rent?

She moved because I had her arrested for domestic violence after multiple punches were thrown at me; she lacerated my face. Her name is printed on the lease with wrong last name and only I signed the last page. Also, is she entitled to any possesions such as washer, dryer, TV?

Asked on May 4, 2012 under Real Estate Law, New Jersey

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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

If your girlfriend signed a written elase with you and the landlord and she moved out of the unit, she presumably would be responsible for one half of the balance of each month left on the lease.

The problem is that she did not sign the lease. As such she would be responsible at most for only 30 days of rent (one half of the amount) if she gave you written notice that she was ending the presumed sub-lease with you.

As to any possessions that she owns, she is entitled to their return from you.

 


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