What to do about a roommate who wants to moveout early?

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What to do about a roommate who wants to moveout early?

My sister lives in an apartment with sevral other girls. One of the girls and her boyfriend are planing on moving out on the 15th. They are only paying for half the month and won’t pay untill their deposit is returned to them. Their name is still on the lease but my sister and the other girls are one signature away from taking them off. They decided it was best to wait until they knew what to do. How do they make sure the girl and her boy riend move out? Are they entitled to the initial deposit?

Asked on November 28, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Hawaii

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

I suggets that your sister consult with her landlord about the situation you are writing about. The landlord should expect that the people who want to move out but are on the lease will continue to pay the rent even if they move out that they are supposed to do.

Whether the parties who want to move out are entitled to their deposit depends upon the mindset of the landlord and whether those moving out caused any damages to the unit.

From what you have written, it is up to the landlord and not your sister to make sure that those who want to move out of the unit actually move out.


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