(Closed) paying for rent when health prevents me from living in an apt?? (help!)

posted 7 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Mold aside, if your things are still in the room then you are occupying the space and should pay rent. If you had moved your things out, and given your 1 month notice then they could have rented to someone else. There is no reason why your roomates should have to pay extra to cover your rent. 

Yes it sucks that you are dealing with mold, but no one else is obligated to pay your rent because the place makes you feel ill. If you can’t live in a place you give notice and move out. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@SimplyChic11: It’s a crappy situation, but ultimately it’s not your housemates’ fault that you can’t stay at the apartment, and they are still responsible for paying the rent unless they have ended the lease on account of the situation. You and/or your housemates should absolutely be taking steps to file a complaint with your area’s housing bureau, because mold is a very serious issue, as you obviously know–but just the fact that you haven’t been staying there doesn’t excuse you from paying your share of the rent.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@kayakblondie: “it sucks that you are dealing with mold, but no one else is obligated to pay your rent because the place makes you feel ill. If you can’t live in a place you give notice and move out.”

That’s it in a nutshell. Yes, the rent is still your responsibility unless you had formally moved out and cleared out the space for another renter.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Unless you signed a contract with your housemates regarding utilities, I would think you would be able to have a logical conversation with them about splitting those during your time away from the apartment. I would be open to offering to contribute some money towards utilities as they won’t go down that much with one person gone but it would be worth a conversation with your housemates. 

The landlord maybe legally obligated to do something about the rent depending on your states housing laws and your lease. You definitely need to go through the proper channels to file a complaint to make sure that does happen if he has to.

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