What can I do if my roommate left early and won't pay rent?

Question Details:

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?

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Answer(s) provided above are for general information only. The attorney providing the answer was not serving as the attorney for the person submitting the question or in any attorney-client relationship with such person. Laws may vary from state to state, and sometimes change. Tiny variations in the facts, or a fact not set forth in a question, often can change a legal outcome or an attorney's conclusion. Although AttorneyPages.com has verified the attorney was admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction, he or she may not be authorized to practice law in the jurisdiction referred to in the question, nor is he or she necessarily experienced in the area of the law involved. Unlike the information in the Answer(s) above, upon which you should NOT rely, for personal advice you can rely upon we suggest you go to AttorneyPages.com and retain an attorney to represent you.