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Do you accept the charges on the document you attached to your post? Am I correct that your ex roommate disputes the charges? Is there anything on the check that has you represent in anyway you act for the ex-roommate?
The simplest solution from your point of view is to have the landlord send you the entire check in your name alone. You can then deposit the check. After the funds of cleared confirm with your ex-roommate in writing that they do not want to accept their half of the check because they are disputing the charges. Once you have that confirmation in writing issue a check, I suggest a bank check, to the landlord and return it with a note that the other roommate disputes the charges and rejected her half of the check. You have accepted your share of the charges as reflected in 50 percent of the amount the landlord returned to you and are returning to the landlord the other 50 percent to be dealt with as he and your ex roommate ultimately decide. This gets you your money, you have settled with the landlord for your share of the charges and you would not be involved in the litigation.
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24 hours is too short because you want a written confirmation. You should give her a couple of days to respond in writing, which can include email or text but be sure you print out the written confirmation so you have a hard copy if there is any issue in the future. Make clear in the communication that if you do not hear from her by the deadline you will assume she contests the landlord's claims and will return her half of the money to the landlord so she can pursue her claim.
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