I gave my notice in November that I would be leaving in December. My 12 month lease was up in October of last year. So it defaults to a month to month. My landlord knew I was moving out. My roommate at the time stayed there, and worked out a deal with the landlord in regards to rent. In February additional people moved into the house that the landlord knew about. Now months later he is trying to say we had a "break in rental agreement" and is trying to sue for the 9k for damages and other items. I never received my damage deposit nor a sheet to why I never received it.
You are only contractually obligated to pay for damages in accordance with your lease. If you had vacated the premises when the damage occurred, then dig up as much information you can to verify that fact to present to a court, if need be. If you provided a forwarding address for your landlord to send the damage deposit, assuming one was owed, then you should have received it along with explanations for items charged to the deposit. This is most likely governed by New Mexico state statute. A local attorney will be able to assist you more speficially.
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