I'm moving out of my current housing. I've been in the same rented house for about 3 years, during that time it's been passed between two companies. I've renewed the lease twice during this time. It's a college town roommate situation -- the previous roommates who moved out were able to take their names off the lease provided they had someone who passed the company's screening to replace them. I already have someone approved to take my spot, but now the company is asking a $150 removal-from-lease fee (note that the lease is not broken, as the property is still being paid for, I just won't be the one living there anymore) This fee is not something the previous roommates I've had ever had to pay when moving out, and it is not listed in the lease we signed.
The company says this is their "company policy" that was instituted in January of this year, but there was no correspondence between the company and us that this change was made, and it was not on the lease we signed in March of this year.
They are refusing to take my name off the lease until I pay this fee. Are they legally allowed to do this?