I had a 1 yr lease and it was up so I was renting month to month at that point. Only my name was on lease but who I lived with stayed in the apartment and I moved out Aug 18th. The other person was suppose to get a transfer of lease to their name but that never happened and they didn't pay rent for Sept/Oct and left by Nov 1st. I am being sued for back rent for all three months but I told him to keep security deposit for Oct so that i back pay Sept. Can he still even sue me for Nov as well? He knew I wasn't there in Oct but I didn't get him the keys until Nov 7th.
You have to give him a months notice of the move out. You might even be at risk for owing for December. I'd have to know more facts though. You should have arranged with the landlord to have only your buddy on the lease. Often times they won't go after you for the money, and if you have no money / income, you are what many call 'judgment proof', in that its going to be hell collecting from you, so it discourages them to even try. You do owe the money though.
Judgments remain valid for 20 years, so whenever you do get some money, the landlord can try to collect from you. If you were to ever earn enough to purchase a home, the judgment will become a lien against the property. So the fact that you do not have money now does not mean that you won’t have to pay the judgment in the future.
You can do nothing and have a judgment entered against you, or you can try and work out a deal. You may want to speak to an attorney and see if there are valid defenses.
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