My mother-in-law is being evicted from a property where a foreclosure was finalized about 2 years ago, but she did not leave the property. Someone purchased the property 5 months ago and is evicting her and my name (former name—I had a legal name change where I swapped my middle name for my first and took my husband's last name 9 years ago) appears on the list of respondents because I lived there with my husband (then boyfriend) over a decade ago. She has not paid the new owner any rent and has been collecting rent from the 1st floor of the 2-family house. We haven't lived there in 10.5 years but I assume the new owner obtained my name from a database showing the property as a past address of mines. We just found out about the notice and the court date is in 2 days. Will this affect my credit or ability to obtain an apartment in the future when a judgment is made against my MIL? Should I contact the Petitioner's lawyer in an attempt to have my name removed from the Petition? Other respondent names listed are "John Doe" and "Jane Doe" to account for any other adults who may be living at the premises.
if you were one of the last tenants of record you may still be a proper defendant in this matter. I would not speak to the Petitioner's attorney lest you say something to hurt yourself or your MIL. You should retain an attorney.
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