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I am currently tied to a lease in RI that ends April 30th. I rented the property with my ex who is opting to stay and extend the lease. The leasing office has emailed me stating that he wants to renew and that they have to find a way for him to provide income verification so that I will not be responsible for the lease after April 30th. They are saying once this is done they will send me a letter releasing me from the lease. The lease I signed ends April 30th and I have made it clear I am not resigning. What are my legal rights? It sounds like they are trying to hold me to the lease after April 30th if he can’t provide income verification.

Lawyer's Assistant: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state the property is in?

Rhode Island

Lawyer's Assistant: What are the terms of the lease? Any issues related to maintenance or upkeep?

No issues with maintenance or upkeep. I have not lived there since October but could not get off the lease due to RI law. The lease was an 8 month lease ending April 30th

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

I am the primary renter on the lease due to my income he is only secondary but he refused to leave so I had to stay on the lease until it ends.

Submitted: 3 months ago.Category: Real Estate Law
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Real Estate Lawyer: Loren, Lawyer replied 3 months ago
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Real Estate Lawyer: Loren, Lawyer replied 3 months ago

Once a new lease is signed, you should be off the hook if you do not sign, since the new lease will supersede the old lease with you and the ex.

The problem for you is if the ex stays as a holdover tenant, without a new lease.

The current lease, no doubt, provides for "joint and several" liability.

You will continue to be liable for the continued occupancy of the ex until he signs a new lease.

I am sorry. I wish I could tell you otherwise, but I do not want you blindsided by liability.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
This is the exact e-mail l got from the leasing office. If he renews is he singing a new lease?Hi Natalie,
I just wanted to let you know that Matt is going to renew the lease here, however, he and I came up with a way to verify his income and take you off the lease. Once I have that offer letter in hand (hopefully this week or next), then I will send over a letter from me signed for your records saying you are no longer bound to Grant Mill’s Lease agreement as of April 30th when your current lease expires. If you have any questions about this please let me know.
Customer reply replied 3 months ago
As of right now I have heard nothing back so if he can not verify income can they just extend the current lease with me on it?
Real Estate Lawyer: Loren, Lawyer replied 3 months ago

Thank you for following up.

Not exactly, but the letter form the landlord releasing you from further liability has the same effect.

If they simply renew without issuing a release to you then you could still be liable.

So, you will want to clarify that. Presumably, they will not let him stay without verifying his income.

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