My mom co-signed for me and my ex roommate to rent an apt. Roommate left. Now we are stuck with the full amount for rent. We don’t have anything in text saying she agreed to 1/2 the rent, but the leasing office is aware we were splitting rent. Will a verbal agreement fly in court?
You may be able to win in Justice Court based on the verbal agreement and the doctrine of promissory estoppel and detrimental reliance. In other words, you relied to your financial detriment on her agreement to pay 1/2 the rent, and based on her promise to pay she should now be estopped from saying she did not promise. However, you should be aware that the Statute of Frauds requires agreements for interests in real property (i.e., land, home, etc) to be in writing.
Please consult an experienced attorney in Starkville for further advice. Good luck.
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