What can I do if my roommate left early and won't pay rent?
I am curious if I have a case in small claims court. My roommate had agreed to stay until the end of the lease in August which obviously he did not do. He found a place in late May and left in the first week of June. He told me that since he didn't give me 30 days he would cover June's rent. But he still owes me $180 from June's rent and May's utilities bills. Now he refuses to pay both. His name is still on the lease, and will be until he gives his 30 to the landlord. Is he still responsible until mid-July? Am I able to take him to small claims court for June rent and May utilities?
If your roommate is still on the lease and he has not given notice that would allow him out of the lease to the landlord, then your roomate is absolutely still liable for rent. (Note: the lease does not actually have a provision allowing a tenant to leave on 30 days notice, he'll be obligated through the end of the lease.) Since he's still on the lease, whatever notice he may or may not have given to you would likely be irrelavant; his obligation is to the landlord, and you, as a cotenant or corenter, or a third party beneficiary of that obligation. You should in fact be able to sue your roommate if necessary, including in small claims court, for any rent that he owes.