My girlfriend and I leased an apartment, had issues after a time, then she moved. After a few years the landlord is now sueing me stating their were damages and some past due rent. There is also a guy from upstairs that moved in and given the ok by landlord. Is the girlfriend and the roommate liable to pay part of amount being sued for? My name is only one on paper I received for court, also my employer said he sent a garnishment to take my wages. I feel this a little unfair.
If you are the only one who signed the lease, then you are the only one legally liable to landlord to pay any rent or damages, and landlord can garnish your wages to get them paid. If both you and your girlfriend were on the lease, landlord can choose to sue just you, and you are still fully liable for the entire amount. You could try to sue your girlfriend to collect her share of those costs.
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More information is necessary to properly advise you: when did you move out? Did you sign the written Lease Agreement? Who else signed the Lease Agreement? Was the girlfriend officially taken off the lease by the landlord when she moved out? When did she move out? You need to schedule a real consultation with a lawyer for more answers; can't help you with the limited info provided. SHORT/LIMITED ANSWER: Probably NOT. You got sued; landlord says you owe. You MAY be able to file "counterclaims" against girlfriend and roommate; but that would be something YOU have to do. Otherwise, looks like landlord only going after you for money damages. Good luck!
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