Can I be named in eviction proceedings even ifI moved out and never signed a lease?

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Can I be named in eviction proceedings even ifI moved out and never signed a lease?

I never signed a lease, although shortly after I had moved out, the landlord had typed one up with both of our names in it. I did not sign because I did not think I would move back in. I took full financial responsibility for our child when I left, and still paid the utilities for the apartment. I spoke to the landlord about the pending eviction, and he reassured me he did not want my money, I would not have to pay (I was willing to if the need arose), and he would ensure that the proceedings would not affect me. However, at this point, his lawyer seems to be saying differently.

Asked on December 27, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Rhode Island

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FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Even though you never signed the lease for the unit you were occupying (you may have had an oral agreement to lease the unit) and have actually moved out of the unit, you very well can be named in an eviction proceeding by the landlord since this is apparently the situation that you have.

Given the situation that you are in and the apparent impasse that you have with the landlord's attorney, I recommend that you consult with a landlord tenant attorney to try and resolve the eviction proceeding against you without the need of having to go to court.


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