What is a co-signer’s liability for a defaulted lease?

My mother and I lived in an apartment together several years ago. She was the primary resident but because I was 18 years of age, the landlord required me to be on the lease. She stopped paying rent and we were eventually evicted. We were taken to court where she promised to pay the rent back at a certain rate per month. She once again faulted on her payments, and now I am being garnished for it, but my mother is not. Is there any way for my to challenge this garnishment? the amount they are garnishing leaves me with very little money each month, am I able to change the amount being garnished? And if I get a new job that pays more, will they still leave me with the same amount of money each month or is the garnishment set to a certain percentage?

Asked on January 12, 2013 under Bankruptcy Law, North Carolina

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Based upon what you have written about, since you co-signed for the lease that your mother and you lived in where she was the responsible party for the rent's payment, since she defaulted on the agreement where there presuambly is a judgment against you and her, the landlord seemingly is entitled under the laws of all states in this country to levy upon your assets for money owed him or her.


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