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[Nov. 10th, 2012|12:11 pm]
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My friend had to move out of her house she was sharing with friends as she couldn't find a job in the area and her mum got very ill. 
She has signed a contract till June. If she were to get someone else to move in, they could pay her rent and release her from the contract. The friends she lived with are refusing to let her do so as they don't want anyone else moving in, and are asking, 'how she can ruin their friendship like this/be so selfish' etc etc. 
Because of this, she's tied into paying rent for 9 months she's not living in the house. 

What would TQC do?
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[User Picture]From: plugmebaby
2012-11-10 12:15 pm (UTC)

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fuck her friends. get someone to move in and leave. ditch the friends too, how awful are they!
[User Picture]From: anthylorrel
2012-11-10 12:15 pm (UTC)

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This
[User Picture]From: monotonousglory
2012-11-10 09:08 pm (UTC)

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fucking this
outrageously selfish right there
[User Picture]From: x_jessicah
2012-11-10 12:45 pm (UTC)

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i'd talk to the landlord, explain my situation. The landlord would be able to help finding a sublet, and it's really not up to the room mates if someone else moves in.

P.S. these "friends" suck.
[User Picture]From: thirdsouza
2012-11-10 01:00 pm (UTC)

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Assuming they knew my situation, I would tell them that I am in no way ruining the friendship, but since they are being such jerks they can either find someone to move in or they can pitch in to cover what was my portion of rent as I'm not paying for somewhere I'm not living, especially if they're going to be pricks about anyone else moving in.

I don't know if her lease is set up the same way that mine was, but in order to be released from it, or be replaced by someone else on it, or just add someone else to it every adult on the lease needs to sign that they are ok with it, so if her 'friends' refuse to sign, stiffing them with the bill may be all she can do, assuming they signed a joint lease.
[User Picture]From: latechgrad26
2012-11-10 02:12 pm (UTC)

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I'd meet with the landlord then I'd find new friends.
[User Picture]From: due27south
2012-11-10 02:13 pm (UTC)

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Ask the landlord if coleasing is allowed. Her friends don't get a say.
[User Picture]From: snooji
2012-11-10 03:24 pm (UTC)

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Talk to the landlord. If she's not allowed to sublet, she's SOL, but hopefully the landlord is understanding in this situation. If that doesn't work, talk to the landlord about terminating her lease early. Maybe she can pay a fee up front or something.

Edited at 2012-11-10 03:26 pm (UTC)
[User Picture]From: firecracker_sj
2012-11-10 04:16 pm (UTC)

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Talk to the landlord and dump those shitty friends.
[User Picture]From: bad_lcuk
2012-11-10 04:31 pm (UTC)

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Does her friend legally own the house and wrote the contract that your friend signed?
There must be a way around this.
[User Picture]From: tamaracat
2012-11-10 04:37 pm (UTC)

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If all of them are on the lease together, then she can just not pay and they will be forced to pay her share if they want to stay living there. She can also discuss with the landlord that she would like to assign her portion of the lease to another person, or have the lease be rewritten to include only the roommates/friends and not herself due to a serious medical family emergency.

The friends are being selfish! If I had a friend whose parent was ill and needed my help, I would totally support them. If my friends called me selfish and a friendship ruiner, I'd probably point out to them how idiotic they're being and never speak to them again until they apologized.