1 roommate moving out

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I have 2 roommates who signed a single lease which expires July 31. 1 roommate has moved out and sent me an email giving her "30 days notice" she also paid the july rent. The challenge is the other roommate has not yet decided what she is doing. If the remaining roommate stays they are both still responsible for the full rent? They were good tenants but how do I word a letter letting them both know they are still responsible for the full rent?

Hi Urban,

What does your lease say?  Generally both tenants would still be obligated to pay the rent through the end of the lease but not after that.  Does your lease automatically convert to month to month, or do you need to sign a new contract?  Does the remaining tenant meet the income requirements?  If not, you need to serve a 30 day notice that they are to be out (this is a little late by now) or let them know they can find a new roommate that meets the requirement and passes the background checks.

Moving forward, I would start making the tenants figure this out sooner- I generally like to have new leases signed at least 2 months prior to the old ones expiring, and generally ask for tenants to decide by 3 months before the lease end date.  This works great in my market but may not in yours.  I offer incentives for signing the new lease on my timeline- if they sign by my date the rent is XX, if they do not and I begin marketing the rent goes up to whatever it would be for a new tenant.  It is worth it to me for $25 or even $50 per month less rent to have current tenants stay.


Thanks for the feedback. The lease auto converts to a month to month.