If someone paid for some house repairs on their credit cards am I responsible for paying those bills

Asked almost 5 years ago - Akron, OH

I had a roommate that paid some home improvement expenses but in return I paid all the house bills so she was rent free for a year, now she is taking me to court for 14,000 but none of the expenses are in my name and I can prove I paid all the house bills while she was my roommate/tennant if you want to call her that.

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  1. Mark M. Bello

    Contributor Level 10

    Answered . You have a contract with your roommate; your question doesn't indicate whether it was in writing. If you can prove the terms of the contract are as you say they are, you won't have to pay the bills, if you can't, you might be held liable. Proving that you paid all of the house bills does not necessarily prove that the improvements were your roommates responsibility. The court might interpret your agreement as one involving real estate, which must be in writing in every state that I can think of. You may have a tough go here. Stick with the "none of the expenses are in my name argument", but contact an Ohio attorney who specializes in real estate leases and agreements. Obviously, you have a lot at stake. Good luck.

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