How do I go about suing a former roomate over unpaid rent?

I was evicted from a townhouse that was in my name as well. The other person made an arrangement after I moved out to continue paying but she didn’t hold up her end. My account was garnished because she wasn’t making the payments and didn’t have a bank account. I live in MD now but the apartment she owes is in VA, so I’m not sure which state that I have to file for a lawsuit in.

Asked on August 27, 2011 Maryland

Answers:

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Venue (location for the filing of a lawsuit) in your situation would either be in the county and state where your former roommate lives, or the county and state where the agreement was entered into where she was to continue making payments which she failed to do.

The venue for the lawsuit that you want to file against your former roommate for monies you ended up paying on her behalf would either be in Virgina and in the county where the apartment is located, or the county and state where she is currently living.

Depending upon how much you incurred, a small claims action may be the route for you to pursue. In such an action you will need to file a complaint amd have your former roommate served with the summons and complaint personally if possible where a court date will be set on the complaint.

Good luck.


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