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

July 12, 2012 8:00 am

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.




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Love Soccer? Check Out the 2012 MLS All Star Game on July 25th

July 6, 2012 4:31 pm

Philly sports fanatics know the city's actually got a fifth major professional sports team. Sure, the Eagles, Philles, Flyers, and Sixers get most of the press, but we've also got a great Major League Soccer team, the Philadelphia Union. The Union actually play their games in Chester, Pennsylvania — just a short trek from Philly, accessible by SEPTA regional rail for car-free Philly renters — in PPL Park. This relatively new stadium is soccer specific, which means it offers fans of the sport incredible sightlines and an all-around world class experience watching the beautiful game.

Major League Soccer's season is ongoing, and the Philadelphia Union have quite a few remaining home games. And the Union are also lucky enough to host the 2012 MLS All-Star Game at PPL Park. This year's iteration of the MLS All-Star game will feature a side of MLS superstars competing against Chelsea, one of the English Premier League's best clubs. The match promises to be a wonderful spectacle, one Philly sports fans shouldn't miss.

Interested in making a trip from Center City Philadelphia out to PPL Park? The Philadelphia Union's website offers directions by car and via mass transit. To get to PPL Park by mass transit, Philly renters can take SEPTA's Wilmington/Newark Regional Rail line to the Chester Transportation Center, then catch a free stadium shuttle on Front Street. The shuttle runs for four hours prior to kickoff, and runs return trips until the last fans have left PPL Park.

Click here for a schedule of upcoming Philadelphia Union matches!

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Fitler Square: A Destination All Year Round

June 28, 2012 8:06 am

Philadelphia's Fitler Square neighborhood is located just south and west of Rittenhouse Square, in the southwest region of Center City. The area is framed by Locust and South Streets, and reaches from 21st Street all the way to the Schuylkill River. At its center is a lovely half-acre park that was built and dedicated over 100 years ago. This neighborhood, despite being a quick and easy walk from Philly’s commercial sector, remains refreshingly residential.

The community here is thriving. The square plays host to several annual events and activities all year long such as the Spring Fair, the Easter Egg Hunt, the Halloween Party, and the Christmas Tree Lighting. Besides that, there is also a fabulous year-round Farmers Market that’s open every Saturday from 10am-2pm. The Farmers Market began back in 2003, and is just one of a handful of year-round outdoor markets in the city.

The edifices that flank Fitler Square are all relatively diminutive in size – most are no more than four stories tall, and the tree-lined streets create an urban haven of welcome shade, and neighborhood charm. Besides the natural beauty, you can also find an impressive collection of animal sculptures throughout the square, all of which were commissioned by the Fitler Square Improvement Association, whose objective is to preserve and improve the beauty of the square. And, at the heart of the square stands a picturesque Victorian fountain that spouts water most months of the year.

But, above all it’s the sense of community that attracts people to Fitler Square. A perfect mix of neighborliness and sophistication, not far from Center City Philly, this section of the city has much to offer!

Fitler Square
Pine Street and 23rd Street
Philadelphia, PA

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