The law says that both tenants are each liable to the landlord for he entire amount of the rent. It is not the landlords responsibility to collect part from one and part from the other. As between the co- tenants, unless there is a written agreement stating otherwise, each is liable to the other for half of the total rent. Of course the landlord can accept a sum from one tenant and release him. That will also release the other tenant for an equal sum. It's hard to say which of them needs legal representation at this point.
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The tenant being released by the landlord might still have a problem with the remaining tenant. There's no safe remedy for everyone in this scenario without a release to one tenant plus a new lease which satisfies the remaining tenant for the balance of the lease. Subpoenaing a person to court cannot be done outside of a pending suit, so if nothing has been filed in court, that would be an idle threat.
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