If My Roommate Leaves, Am I Responsible For The Rent?

So, your roommate has decided to move out before your lease is up — are you now responsible for paying the total rent? You may not like to hear it, but the answer is yes. Since you’re still occupying the space, and your lease has not yet run its course, you are liable to pay the entire rent until your lease expires.

Leases generally hold tenants jointly and independently responsible for the rent. What does that mean? Basically, a landlord can pursue either roommate for the full amount of rent due under the lease, so even if your roommate moves out, it doesn't have any bearing on your obligations under the lease.

If you’re stuck in this situation — or perhaps just fear it — here are a few tips that can help you if you find yourself in a tight spot.

  • Be honest and upfront with your landlord. Your landlord may work with you and let you out of your lease early so that they can continue to receive reliable rent checks from tenants that can afford the space.
  • Look online for another roommate. There are so many great sites out there that allow you to find responsible, reliable housemates.  Popular sites include www.Roommates.com and www.CraigsList.org.
  • Let friends and family know that you’re looking for a roommate – you never know who might know of someone who is looking for a place in your area!
  • Use social media. Send a message to your Facebook friends, or connect with people via Twitter. Get the word out that you’re looking for a roommate, and let others pass along your message.
  • Talk to your roommate. Ask their reasons for leaving, and if they’d be able to work something out with you until the lease ends.




Have You Biked The Schuylkill River Trail?

One thing that makes Philadelphia appealing to apartment renters is that Philly's very bike-friendly. With an array of bike trails, bike paths, and bike lanes spanning across the city, Philadelphia has made it easy for cyclists both avid and amateur to get around town on two wheels. Whether your apartment's in University City, Fitler Square, Northern Liberties, Queen Village, Fairmount, or Fishtown, our city's complete streets make biking in Philly efficient and fun.

Philly's also fortunate to have a wonderful bike trail, the Schuylkill River Trail, running northwest through the city along the river. The Schuylkill River Trail offers a scenic and easy ride past the Philadelphia Museum of Art, through Fairmount Park, near scenic Philadelphia neighborhoods like East Falls, Manayunk, and Roxborough, near Wissahickon Valley Park, and continuing northwest past Conshohocken, Norristown, Valley Forge, Phoenixville, and beyond. Eventually terminating in Pottsville, Pennsylvania (home of the historic Yuengling Brewery!), the Schuylkill River Trail makes it easy for cyclists to get from their Philly apartments out into nature quickly and safely.

Convinced to take a Memorial Day weekend bike ride on the trail? Click here to learn more about Philadelphia's Schuylkill River Trail.

Uhuru Furniture & Collectibles: Great Furniture for Cheap

If your current funds land you somewhere between dumpster diving and IKEA “some assembly required,” we have the answer to your prayers – Uhuru Furniture & Collectibles on Spruce Street. How would you like a 1920s deco armoire for 90 bucks, a dining table with wood inlay for $60, or a set of retro club chairs for mere pennies?! (That’s what I thought!) Uhuru always has new pieces coming in (so keep checking their website!) – it’s one of those places where one man’s trash (perhaps with a little imagination, spray paint, and panache) can truly become a Philly trendsetter’s treasure.

What New York City stores would charge 10 times the price for, you can get here for cheap. And, yes, cheap is the name of the game at Uhuru, but that doesn’t mean lacking quality. You can easily find well-made pieces here with tell-tale embellishments like dovetailed joints, flathead nail detailing, or original cane rush seats! (If all that jargon means nothing to you, trust me, it’s a good thing.) So, how does Uhuru find these one-of-a-kind pieces? By “shopping” the Sheriff sales and attics of old Philadelphia money – and then passing those deals along to you for dirt cheap.

Browse the stacks of furniture as you peruse for your next mid-century modern coffee table, and don’t be afraid to chat up the friendly sales staff who all offer service with a smile, and are never too pushy. Not only can you furnish most of your apartment for less than it would cost to enjoy a dinner at Le Bec Fin, but Uhuru also offers reasonably priced, same-day delivery. You may have to be patient, and visit a few times before you find all your perfect pieces, but if you’re diligent, and enjoy bargain hunting, this is the place to go.

Uhuru Furniture & Collectibles is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11:30am to 7pm. To check out their latest merchandise before you go, visit their website at www.UhuruFurniturePhilly.blogspot.com.

Uhuru Furniture & Collectibles

1220 Spruce St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Neighborhood: Washington Square West

(215) 546-9616 uhurufurniturephilly.blogspot.com



Philly Culture for Every Personality

If your weekends typically consist of sleeping late and watching TV in your pajamas, it may be time to branch out a bit. Lucky for you, Philly offers an awesome variety of cultural events to educate, excite, and inspire. The only drawback is that you can’t wear your flannel PJs. (Trust us, you’ll be the first to know if we find a place that allows you to show up in them, though!)

So, if you’re ready to get off your bum and expand your mind, we’ve compiled a list of a few highlights at some of Philly’s best-loved museums and public centers.

For the traditionalist
Head to the Philadelphia Art Museum between now and May 6th to enjoy Van Gogh Close Up. If you want to see the works created by one of the most brilliant and tragic artists of the 19th century, this exhibition really delivers. It focuses on the nature-inspired works created in the years just before he took his own life. For details visit http://www.philamuseum.org/exhibitions/743.html.

For the science nerd
If you have a penchant for the bizarre, check out Everything Under the Sun: New Photographs of Academy Specimens by Rosamond Purcell at The Academy of Natural Sciences. This exhibition, which runs through May 20th, features photographs of some of the world’s wackiest specimens. Want more information? Visit http://www.ansp.org/museum/art-in-science.php.

For the kid-at-heart
Are you an 8 year old trapped in a 30 year old body? (We sympathize.) To allow your inner child to explore, attend The Franklin Institute’s Giant Mysterious Dinosaurs, there through April 15th – it’s a must-see! You can see gigantic dino skeletons, enjoy robotic dinosaurs in action, touch real fossils, and unearth discoveries in a hands-on dig pit! Check out http://www.fi.edu/dinosaurs/ for more info.

For the avant-gardeist
Beginning March 14, the Institute of Contemporary Art near the University of Pennsylvania will host First Among Equals, an exhibit that foregrounds the connections between artists through space and across time. Like every exhibit at the ICA, this one's sure to be thought-provoking. Best of all? Admission to the Institute of Contemporary Art is free. Visit http://www.icaphila.org/exhibitions/first-among-equals.php for more info, then head over to University City to see it!

For the bookworm
If you’re drawn to compelling tales and real life stories, take a trip down to the Free Library of Philadelphia on Friday, April 20th for First Person StorySlam: Mistaken Identities.  Sit back and enjoy as competing storytellers from Philadelphia tell their best mistaken-identity stories. If you’re interested in attending, visit http://libraryphila.tix.com/Event.asp?Event=435127 for tickets.

So, have we convinced you to get off your couch yet?

Welcome to Philly Apartment Living

We call ourselves ‘Philly Apartment Living,’ but that’s not the whole story.

If you rent an apartment in the City of Brotherly Love, we can help you. Need a new place? We know what’s out there. Roommate doesn’t shower? We sympathize. And if you’re finally getting rid of those dorm room posters and painting the walls purple, we’ll try to save you time, money, and make you laugh while we’re at it.

We live here too, and we love it. So whether you rent a luxury three-bedroom in Old City or a starter studio on the Blue Line, check us out. We know where to go, how SEPTA will get you there, and the state of Cliff Lee’s golden arm.

Jim Gardner re-tweeted one of our writers. Twice. That’s not an endorsement, of course, but in Philly it’s like being touched by the hand of God. So wherever you are in the Delaware Valley – if you love it, long for it, or are just passing through – let Philly Apartment living be your tipsheet, your news filter, your crafty buddy.

Come see the town with us. We know the bars, the stars, and how to peacefully order at Pat’s. Ask us questions, if you have them. (We’re nice. Our roommates said so.) And remember: as long as we have Roy Halladay, it will be all right.

Look for new posts on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and occasionally more often.


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