Is a landlord legally obligated to inform a co-signer when a tenant is significantly past due on rent?

If so, how long after rent has not been paid are they required to notify the tenant? Also, is the co-signer responsible for the legal fees from an eviction process?

Asked on October 20, 2015 under Real Estate Law, Oregon

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately, notifying a co-signer of a tenant who is past due in rent is not a legal requirement. That having been said, review the lease to see if it provides otherwise. Also, these laws due vary from state-to-state. As for eviction costs, a co-signer is as liable as if they were a tenant. This means that any costs from past due rent, damages to the rental unit, eviction, etc. are borne by the co-signer.
At this point, you can consult direclty with an attorney in the area or contact a tenants' rights organization, etc. to find out the law in the applicable jurisdiction.


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