My Roommate is Moving Out – What Should I Do?
First, think about what you’d like to do: Do you want to keep the apartment and enjoy the added space, replace your roommate or think about a smaller place just for you? How the logistics play out will vary depending on whether or not your roommate’s move coincides with the end of your current lease, but talking to management is always a good place to start. You’ll want an inspection before your roommate moves out, to make sure that any damage issues you’re jointly responsible for are resolved. Then, you can discuss your options regarding transferring to a smaller place, keeping the lease in your own name or bringing in another roommate. In most cases, whether you’re subleasing after a roommate moves out in the middle of a lease or bringing in a new roommate to start a new lease term, you can’t just choose someone and move him or her in. Management will have to approve that person just like they did you and your previous roommate, and execute a new lease or addendum to add him to the contract.
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