I'm planning on moving in with my girlfriend soon, but she lives in a town without a lot of great job opportunities. If I have to bail before the lease ends because I can't find a good job, what's the best way I can protect myself from getting financially fucked/sued by her? I don't want to leave her in shitty situation if it happens
I have almost enough for 6 month's rent in savings so I'm not too worried about that part of it. If I break my lease by moving early I know I'll have to forfeit things like my security deposit but I'm worried she might have grounds to sue me or something since she'd suddenly be burdened with the full cost of rent
I feel like there are other options (helping her find a subletter for example) but I'm not sure how to approach the situation without making her think I'm going to bail at the first sign of trouble, because I won't. But me sitting around unemployment or underemployed with a degree while she still goes to college is going to hurt our relationship for sure
You guys should be able to make a contract that states who pays what, it's legally binding as long as you both sign the contract.
Make the contract say you are legally obliged to pay your share?
The way to protect yourself is to not have your name put on the lease. However this likely won't fly because the landlord needs to know how many people are living there. If you're a resident, you'll be expected to appear on the lease. This doesn't leave you the opportunity to bail without consequence.
If you can't resolve to a lease for a full year (as well as the relationship with your girlfriend/roommate) then you have no business moving in together.
Well better put your fucking big boy socks then and focus on finding a job. No self respecting woman will entertain a freeloader for over 6 months. Even a mcjob is better than none. Sounds like you don't want to move in and are making up delusions and excuses in your head. If that's the case you need to have a discussion with her in which you are extremely clear about how you feel. You are making a very shitty bed for yourself to sleep in if this is not what you want to do.