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

  • 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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