Yes. If the landlord's claim is based upon breach of written contract (lease), the statute of limitations in California is 4 years from breach. However, it is likely that if you were sued, you would have a claim for contribution and indemnification from the roommates who actually trashed the house.
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Yes the the landlord has 4 years to pursue an action for breach of contract based on a written lease. With that said, he will likely not be able to show that you caused the damage since there were three other people who lived in the residence for almost three years after you moved out. If he cannot show that you personally caused the damage, he cannot recover against you.