I am living in California. I am currently on a joint lease of a house for a little more than two years. The lease is on a monthly basis (used to be a one-year lease but continued as month-to-month).
The lease is $5000/mo and the total security deposit is $5000/mo (both tenants paid $2500 each)
I am moving out soon and want to give my 30-day notice. My roommate wants to stay and find another roommate. I want to get my security deposit back. However, the apartment has some damage.
However, the landlord says that I will not get my security deposit from him. I should arrange with whoever might move in to replace me. That is fine, but the landlord is refusing to conduct an initial inspection. He is also refusing that I get the things fixed myself.
I want to know my legal rights (with source).
- Who, in this case, is liable to pay me my portion of the security deposit? My fellow roommate, the one who (might) move in or the landlord?
- Can a landlord refuse a final inspection when one party on the lease leaves?