Renting and the law: When tenants split up, who pays the rent?

  • Article by: KELLY KLEIN
  • Updated: July 6, 2013 - 2:00 PM

Q: I own a townhome in Eden Prairie that is leased to a young couple. Both tenants signed the lease, which terminates Aug. 31, and each tenant pays half the rent. Apparently, the couple are having relationship issues, and the boyfriend called to let me know that his girlfriend is moving out. I have heard nothing from her, and she paid her share of the rent for June. The lease states that the monthly rental is $1,450 and does not indicate that the rent amount is to be split between them. Who is obligated for the July and August rent — both of them, or is the remaining tenant obligated for the full amount?

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kateyloveJul. 17, 13 1:01 PM

I heard that the remaining tenant will pay the full amount. A lot of landlords applied at EZ Lease Rentals to help them with tenants' problems. The company helps people find a nice place to lease even if the tenant has a history of bad credit, broken lease, bankruptcy, foreclosure and eviction.

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jorkellyAug. 29, 13 6:48 AM

The remaining tenant is obligated to pay. I suggest that you invest to let a tenant rent your home with the assistance from EZ Lease Rentals using their Second Chance program. You can find out about it through their page.

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