My question involves a roommate in the State of: Maryland
I entered in to a year long lease in Baltimore, MD with my name and one other person. Immediately after moving in I got orders to deploy to Afghanistan for three months. During which I sent my rent to him every month via wire transfer. After returning and being home only a few weeks I came home one day to find an eviction notice on my door. I took the notice down to the leasing office to find out the details. I was informed that my roommate never turned in rent the entire time I was deployed. I returned to my apartment to confront him. He went down to the leasing office and returned stating it was all taken care of. Three months go by and to my surprise I return home to find another eviction notice on my door. I once again head down to the leasing office and find that he did not pay the full amount but only enough to stop the eviction. So once again he heads down and returns stating that it was all taken care of. The day that the eviction was going to happen he informs me that he did not take care of the rent and that the police would be there to evict us because he did not have the money to pay the bill. The remaining balance that needed to be payed was $1800. At this time the sheriffs show up to begin the eviction process. I work with the sheriffs and pay $1500 while the roommate payed $300 to stop the eviction. The eviction is stopped and a payment plan is worked out between the apartment complex and the roommate to pay for the unpaid rent. The month before we were due to leave the lease we received another eviction notice. The final eviction notice was stopped because we were due to move out before the eviction would take place. We left the apartment with roughly $6800 unpaid. The matter was discussed with the apartment company and the roommate was said to have an allotment set up out of his paycheck to pay over a year the unpaid rent. Almost 6 months go by and everything looked to be taken care of, until I received a phone call from a debt collector in regards to the full balance of $6800 still unpaid. At this time I bring the issue up to the roommates bosses to see if they can help facilitate getting this resolved. A back and forth dialogue went on between the claims company, myself, and the roommate for another 3 months just ending with me paying $5122.00 before the claim was placed on my credit report.
I have recently moved out of Maryland and into Virginia due to the military.
Where do I have to file? Maryland or Virginia?
Can I take criminal action? Grand Larceny? Due to the money I sent him not being used for its intended purpose?
What action should I take to try and get the money back?
Thanks alot for any advice!!!!!