My previous landlord is suing me in ridiculous damages and unpaid rent. He is also asking for double rent for someone that didn't stay there. I moved out giving him my 30 day notice and just happened to look myself up and saw that he is suing and that I was served with papers. Which I never got.
Does it show if service was personal or by posting? It makes a big difference in the outcome. If it indicates only service by posting the landlord is only able to take judgment for possession of the premises and not a money judgment. If it shows personal service and you dispute that you were personally served you'll need to hire an attorney who can fight the service issue on your behalf and otherwise defend you. If you don't fight it, you'll end up with a money judgment against you that will be more difficult and expensive to defend down the road.
Do not ignore....make a motion to dismiss the law suit on the grounds of lack of jurisdiction (for failure to serve) You would be better off with an attorney here to appear in court instead of you.
As stated challenge the service upon you. There should be an affidavidt of service filed with the court which details how service was effectuated upon you. If service is lacking the court will dismiss the action. Best of luck.
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