Q: If my boyfriend and I are named on a lease and he only signed it does that also make me responsible for payment?
We have moved out of the place and I never signed the lease but he did. Now they want back rent from both of us. Do I have to pay since I didn’t sign the lease?
A: Generally speaking, if you did not sign the lease, it means the landlord may not be able to pursue a breach of contract claim against you. That said, the landlord would likely have claims against you for unjust enrichment and/or what is called quantum meruit. To establish a claim for unjust enrichment under Maine law, a party must prove (1) that it conferred a benefit on the other party; (2) that the other party had appreciation or knowledge of the benefit; and (3) that the acceptance or retention of the benefit was under such circumstances as to make it inequitable for it to retain the benefit without payment of its value. A valid claim in quantum meruit under Maine law requires: that (1) services were rendered to the defendant by the plaintiff; (2) with the knowledge and consent of the defendant; and (3) under circumstances that make it reasonable for the plaintiff to expect payment.
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