I need some advice about rental agreements--I live in Texas. I had an apartment which I lived in alone for a year and a half after my divorce. I met a guy, who seemed perfect for me, and after 6 months of dating, had him move in with me. He is on my lease as a roommate ( meaning he provided a lesser amount of information that is typically required when renting). About 2 months before the lease was due to expire, I caught him cheating on me.
He found out by asking the apartment office that in order for his name to be removed from the lease, we would both have to sign a statement in which he agreed to remove his name from the lease. So he refused to do so. For a week, I kept asking him to do the right thing and remove himself from my apartment lease, but he absolutely refused. Then I find out that he went in and signed the new lease. I refused to sign it and the apartment office said that my only options were to either get him to sign the statement or move out. I chose to move out. I was actually gone by August 1 and had the electricity turned off--I consulted an attorney where I work and was told that I was under no obligation to leave the power on--he could turn it on himself.
The apartment office said that I would have to pay a re-letting fee--wth? They have his name on the new lease, but yet they are telling me that I have to pay this? I didn't sign anything. (I should say here that 60 days notice is required and I told them verbally that I was staying and 10 days later when I discovered the infidelity and the fact that he signed the new lease--I went into the office and verbally told them that I would not stay there if he was in MY apartment--so technically, they did not have 60 days notice, but they did have his signature on the new lease--which made it valid).
Ok, so I thought that I would have to pay the reletting fee--not happy about that, but I could do that. I got a statement in the mail that they are not only charging me the re-letting fee, but are telling me that I am responsible for 25% of the cost of the new carpet and I have to pay $700 for a new refrigerator!!!!!! There was nothing wrong with the refrigerator when I left. I cleaned out all the food I had in there when I left and I don't know how long he stayed there, if at all.
I don't know what to do. I can't afford to have this on my credit report and I don't have the $1600 that they are asking for.........this relationship sucks and I have to keep thinking about this everyday since I got the letter. Does anyone know anything about this? Help!