Egg Harbor Township, NJ asked in Real Estate Law for New Jersey

Q: Can a landlord sue me for past due rent if I moved out 2 years ago?

I signed a lease to rent a home with my mother approx. 5 years ago. The lease was up after one year and we did not renew. We stayed in the home paying rent on a month to month basis. I moved out 2 years ago. Recently my mother fell behind on the rent and the landlord issued a summons against the both of us for past due rent. The landlord knows I have not lived there in 2 years. I don’t know why she is including me. I have not spoke to the landlord in 2 years. Any correspondence about rent has been with mother. How can I show the Judge that I am not responsible and have my name removed from the suit?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer
Answered
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: Yes the landlord can sue you, but if that happens, then you can (depending on your overall financial situation) file for bankruptcy.

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