My 19 year old signed a lease with a private dorm at Millersville University starting September 2012. She has learned since that she cannot afford it. Is she legally responsible to pay the company running the dorm the money for this dorm or can she drop out?
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I agree with Attorney Koslyn. No attorney can tell you what your rights and obligations are under a contract unless and until they can read and review it. Having said that, she is probably liable and they could go after her. The flip side to that is, even if they get a judgment against her, it sounds like they are going to have a very tough time collecting. That may effect whether they go against her or not.
You should check with a real estate attorney to determine what your daughter's options are.
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As has been stated, since she is 19, her age is irrelevant here. I would have to look over the lease agreement to tell how she can break the lease and what she might need to pay. Leases vary greatly. I would strongly suggest that she does not just ignore the whole thing and end up getting a judgment against her. Many extra costs can be added into judgments and in PA, residential real estate debts can be pursued with wage garnishment. Any and all arrangements and negotiations with the landlord need to be in writing.
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