Pittsburgh, PA asked in Landlord - Tenant for Pennsylvania

Q: Can my roommate sue me after moving out only being here for a week. I havnt signed a lease or anything.

I decided to move out to Pittsburgh PA due to start a new life. My friend offered me a room in exchange I pay half rent. Well a week into living here I got a call from my mother explaining her soon to be surgeries and she will need a care taker full time so I'll have to move back to take care of her. I have no contract nor is my name on any lease or document I was just added to a gas bill. Can they sue me for leaving due to family matters

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W. J. Winterstein Jr.
W. J. Winterstein Jr.
  • Boyertown, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: Anybody with a couple hundred bucks can sue anybody else. The question is whether they can win.

In your situation, because everything is oral, no writings, other than perhaps the gas bill, and given your mom's needs, my feel is that you can move out with impunity. I don't think your new roommate can sue, and in any event, not without laying out significant cash to the court and a lawyer.

This quick analysis is based mostly on the practical side of things as you represent them.

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