California  |  Landlord & Tenant Law

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Asked on: 12/05/11, 6:26 pm

My roommate was in a motorcycle accident Oct 4th and is in a vegetative state to this day. His father, who has power of attorney, informs me he plans to take my roommate out of the state and will no longer pay rent after this month. We both signed the lease, which ends Aug.1, 2012. I cannot pay the entire rent and my landlord's solution is to just rent the room, which is unacceptable to me. My agreement was to live with a particular person until Aug., not a stranger. I have given my 30 day notice. My landlord is willing to just let my roommate/his family "off the hook" but is unwilling to let me out of the lease. What are my rights in this case? Are there clauses that will allow me to just give 30 days and then leave and not be responsible until Aug? Thank you for your willingness to respond to my question.

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