My roommate and I hold a lease with 2 other girls from 9/1/12 - 8/31/13. She and I moved out 12/1/2012 because we are not getting along with the 2 remaining roommates, which the Landlord is aware of. Subltetters are moving in 1/1/13 - 5/31/13.
We planned on paying December rent, but when we returned to the apartment Saturday night 12/1 to complete our move, we found the landlord had changed the locks and we could no longer had access to the apartment. Are we required to pay rent on an apartment we don't have access to - especially since he said to us during the move that "he didn't want us there anymore".
In a certified letter to the landlord, we informed him we'd like to end our relationship and have him return our August (last month's) rent and security deposit now. Here are my questions:
1. Can he take us to court for non-payment of December rent
2. Is he most likely going to apply the August rent to December and require the girls that remained to find subletters for June-August.
3. Can we take him to small claims court to get back August rent - since he interfered with out 'quiet enjoyment of the apartment' when he changed the locks to prevent our access during December.