Clean house and accountability
So, as I said in an earlier post to this community, my boyfriend and I are getting a place together in August (we found a cheap place with good landlords - yay!) However, we found ourselves facing the problem of having our leases on our seperate places ending two months apart, so it was a choice of either him subletting his place for two months, or me trying to find a sublet for that. We choose the latter, since I have very little stuff and it would have been a tremendous inconvenience to his roommates (who are our friends). So I found a place where I could rent a room in a house for the last two months of a student lease - all three of the former residents left, and there are three of us taking over for two months. I paid my two months' rent up front to the landlord. Problem is, though, this place was a STY when I moved in, contrary to what I expected (I figured there would be some cleaning done - nope). The former residents' junk is all over, the carpets are filthy and stained, there are holes in screens, etc. The downstairs apartment (whose resident has mysteriously moved out) is positively creepy and contains a non-working, cesspool toilet. I'm just counting the days until I can get out of here and into our new place. My original plan was just to grab my stuff and leave - if I clean the kitchen and bathroom (the only rooms I use) and vacuum the carpet in my room, I'll be leaving this place in *better* condition than I found it. However, I've heard rumours from my roommates that our landlord wants *us* to be responsible for leaving this place in rentable condition when we leave (yes, rumours - I've never met or spoken with the landlord and he returns phonecalls). I have no intention of cleaning and paying for repairs/carpet cleaning on a residence that was in horrible condition when I moved in and have only been in for 9 weeks. I've put down no deposit on this place that I have to worry about losing. So my question is, if I just leave, is there any way this could come back to haunt me later? Could I be sued or in some other way held responsible for the mess the previous tenants left me with? What language should I look for in the lease agreement that might indicate this?