What to do if I was on a lease with2 people who got us evictedbut I’mthe only person getting charged and the only one with something on their record?

They had their dad as a co-signer, I moved out two-three weeks after living there and moved an hour away to my girlfriends but still payed them rent every month. They got evicted which came back on me too. Apparently the complex got bought out and they said they didn’t get charged anything and everything was dropped. When I questioned the complex they raised the amount for me to over 4k and turned it in to a collection agency which has caused problems for me to get a new place and yet they just moved into a new place no problem. I don’t get what’s going on here

Asked on February 25, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Texas

Answers:

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If you moved out of the rental that you jointly shares with two other people, yet continued to pay rent timely for the unit you were obligated on, but the two former roommates ended up getting evicted where you are being sought to be held liable for the entire amount of claimed damages, you have the following recourse:

1. you can pay the money claimed owed by you alone and after paying the amount sue the former roommates for the amount that you paid for them;

2. advise the collection agency to seek recourse from the former roommates and their father who co-signed for the lease.

What happened is that you did not get a full release from your former landlord as to any contractual obligations you had.

You also should consider consulting with a landlord tenant attorney about your situation and for further assistance.


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