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Can I get my ex-girlfriend off our apartment lease with

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Can I get my ex-girlfriend off our apartment lease with restraining order?:
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Landlord-Tenant
Expert:  RobertJDFL replied 1 year ago.

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Absent a provision in the lease that allows this, that's very unlikely. If you are both on the lease, the landlord can look to either one of you for payment, and most landlords, in my experience, would be reluctant to remove one person from the lease because if you stop paying, it means they can no longer pursue your girlfriend for the debt owed. While many states have laws that allow a victim of domestic abuse to break their lease early without penalty, they don't provide for removal from the lease for the person named in the restraining order. In other words, the RO will keep your girlfriend out of the apartment, but most likely won't get her off the lease. That said, if it's not provided for in your lease agreement, there's no harm in discussing it with your landlord and seeing what they say. You may be able to come to an agreement if you can show them the court order.

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Expert:  RobertJDFL replied 1 year ago.

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