No. of Recommendations: 4
I agree with the above posts regarding rent and utility accounts--your son should get his name off those accounts immediately. I also agree with the warnings not to mention to the landlord that he is thinking of moving out. Nothing good--and plenty of bad things--can come of it. If he somehow lost his copy, he should simply mention that it was misplaced and ask for a new copy.

Chances are that your son and his roommates have a verbal agreement in how they split the rent, and that this agreement is not part of the written lease. The landlord wants the full amount on the due date and won't much care who it comes from. So it is very likely that if your son moves out, the couple who stays behind would face eviction if they fail to make the full monthly rent payment. It's not like they can write a check for a fraction of the rent and expect to stay there while the landlord goes after your son for the balance.

What's going to happen is this:

(A) either they'll make the full payment and come after your son in small claims court, or

(B) maybe they'll just figure it's not worth it and call him a bunch of four-letter words, or

(C) worst case, they'll fail to pay and get evicted, and then the landlord will come after everyone and your son would be responsible for a third of the total judgement amount plus legal fees.

Again, neither the judge nor the landlord will care about a private verbal agreement which is not a part of the lease. Your son would never be legally responsible for more than a third of the total lease amount. The smart and honorable thing would be for your son to offer to pay his roommates a third of the rent ($218) through April 2014. He ought to be able to manage that if he is still working and living at home.* He should not be responsible for any cable or utilities after leaving, especially if his name is not on the accounts.

Last, if your son is moving in with you, demand to see his the last year's worth of statements for the credit cards he ran up, plus his bank statements. They should be available online in PDF form. He should give you the online account passwords. You need to see where the money went (Bars? Fast food? Concerts? Cash advances [ie., drugs]? Online gambling?), and address the problem in a long face-to-face conversation before he moves in with you. Something is definitely up.
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