What is the best way to remove a person from a lease? I have a married couple who are splitting up and she wants off the lease. They are currently month-to-month. I'm in Washington state.
One way to remove would be via an amendment to the original contract. There are a few issues to be mindful of here:
- If the husband will remain on the property you may need to "re-qualify" him ensure his new debt to income ratio can still cover the rent.
- The deposits should remain since they are part of the property lease and not assigned to anyone specific.
- If the wife is to be removed from the lease, a date should be set off when she would vacate since all parties living on the premises should be on the lease.