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This is really just a matter of proof. The lease says that the full rent is due for September. Accordingly, if that is altered, then you need something in writing indicating that. My suggestion would be to simply remind the landlord of what she promised. It's possible that she will recall her promise and agree with you, and give the money back. But if she doesn't, then I do think that you would have a very difficult time in court if you were to sue for a refund.
On the other hand, you likely do have a case against your former roommate who promised to sign the lease. Your argument would be that you had an agreement with her, and that you would not have signed the lease and made yourself liable for the full rent in September if it were not for her promise which induced you to sign the lease. Accordingly, you could sue her and you would have a good chance of winning.
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You could probably sue the former roommate for around $100. That would include the filing fee and the service fees. but to know the exact figure, you will have to contact your local court clerk to find out exactly how much is charged for service fees. In other words, you have to pay the sheriff to give the summons to the defendant. The good news is that you can include these fees in the judgment . Accordingly, the roommate can be forced to repay those fees.