Q: Can a law suite and judgement in Puerto Rico for collection of rent for an abandoned apartment be extended to the States
I have a building in Puerto Rico where a tenant recently stopped paying rent and went back to the states. There are 6 months left on the lease and I am trying to decide whether it's worth pursuing in court.
If I am able to get a lawsuit judgment in PR courts can I then extend that judgment to the states where the tenant is now or is the judgment only valid locally in Puerto Rico?
A: A judgment from Puerto Rico would be treated as a judgment from any of the 50 states. The judgment creditor would need to follow the procedure required under the laws of the state where property ( or assets such as bank accounts, etc.) has been found, so that the P.R. judgment can be executed in that state, usually through the local sheriff's office.
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