I rent a house with 2 other people and we all our on the lease until february of next year, and i want to leave now

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Customer: hello! i rent a house with 2 other people and we all our on the lease until february of next year, and i want to leave now because of some circumstances there, how can i do that
JA: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state the property is in?
Customer: washington state
JA: What are the terms of the lease? Any issues related to maintenance or upkeep?
Customer: no, my roommates are the issue
JA: Is there anything else the Lawyer should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: i dont know
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Hello, my name is ***** ***** welcome to JustAnswer.  I will be the attorney assisting you today.
I’m sorry to hear that you are having these legal troubles. I know that can be frustrating. Hopefully, we can get this resolved quickly. I will attempt to respond quickly to every one of your posts, but if not, please be patient, and I promise I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Do the other roommates agree? What does the landlord have to say?

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the landlord hasn't gotten back to me, and my 2 rommates do not want me to leave
Customer
but they have someone new moving in too
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I’m sorry to hear about your issues here, hopefully, we can get them solved quickly.

The only problem is that all three of you sign the same lease. That means that you were all the "tenant(s)" jointly on the lease and are responsible for the rental payments all under the same contract.

To let you out of the lease would require a new lease between the remaining two tenants and the landlord; or at least an amendment to the current lease.

That would also require the remaining tenants to voluntarily take on the payments 50/50 rather than 1/3 each.    And the landlord would have to agree to remove you and your liability from the lease as well via some amendment or new lease with the remaining 2.

So unless they will all agree to that, then there is no way to simply take yourself off of a lease regardless of reason since it is a contract.

Now if the remaining tenants volunteer to each pay 50% until the end of the lease, then there are no issues.   However, if they are late or get evicted, you will still be on that lease and be sued as well with the other 2.   So that is a potential liability for you if you cannot be removed from the lease.

If they have a new tenant the landlord would have to approve that substitution for you on the lease and the new tenant to take over in writing signed by all.

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oh nice
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the new tenant could take my place if the landlord allows
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JKEsq, Expert

In theory, if the landlord would agree.  You would both sign an amendment to the lease adding them and removing you.

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I hope this helps.

If you have any questions about my answer please let me know.

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