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May 2, 2013
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Sublet rent issue.

I leased an off campus student room (suite has 5 rooms and 5 people) for 8 months back in Sept 2014. Uni didn't work out and I had to leave early around early November. Anyway, I needed a way to pay the remaining rent and I found a sublet. I set it up in front of the reception in the lobby of the student complex.

We agreed to monthly rent and also 200 deposit for the furniture (was all mine) as well as $100 for the sublet transfer fee that we agreed he would pay. In addition, student paid me some amount for the month of December as the lease began a few days into the month. We agreed that he would pay me via post dated cheques in a week or so. However after a week or so he emails and says that the bank charges $50 for the cheques and that they recommend using direct deposit form instead.

I had to deal with some personal family issues and because of that I delayed going to the bank to get the payment but anyway when I did go, they said that the information he sent wasn't enough and that he would actually have to be present to make transfer.

Anyway now 2 months in and he's (Subletee) apparently had an altercation with the roommates and got arrested. Landlord wants him out and I had to ask him to leave after mentioning many times to pay the 2 months rent he owed me.

He responds saying he will pay me for January and for 11 days of February minus the deposit ($200) and the $100 sublet transfer fee that I "led him to believe he was obliged to pay" even though I never said he had to pay because it was part of the apartment complex's contract but in fact our own that he agreed to.

Anyway I told him I want 2 months rent (including February) as I had to end the lease prematurely due to his actions and that i will not charge for having to do so. However I will return his deposit of $200.


I'm waiting on him to respond to this (via email). Thoughts on this? Is that a fair request? What if he disagrees I'd hate to have to go to small claims court for this. Honestly if I were able to I probably wouldn't have left in the first place.

Anyway, thanks in advance for reading through all of that.
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Id say thro his crap out on the street. was there a lease signed?
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rotjong wrote: Id say thro his crap out on the street. was there a lease signed?
He already cleared the room, and is willing to only pay me like half of the amount he should owe me (ie I asked for 2 months rent - deposit). He's only paying less than 1 month's rent. And yes I did have lease signed but I dont know if it's worth pursuing on a legal basis for this money. Issue is only for about $500 or so which is still a lot for me as a student, but I don't know if it's worth it legally.
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Of course its worth it, if your school has a lawyer that assists students go and talk to them, otherwise look into legal aid, and small claims court does not cost a lot of money to file (probably under $50)
I have had the bad experience of the school lawyer being useless and giving me bad advice so if this happens to you then go to legal aid.
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