Hello everyone, I want to give a big thanks for everyone who helped me on my last case, I am currently building up a case for it. I have a couple of questions. Here is the deal, I rented w/ my brother for a 1 year lease. We both signed the lease and I had my mother co/sign with me. After the 1 year lease was up I moved out, I didn't take my name off the lease becuase my brother was still living there and I think that they wouldn't let him rent if there was only 1 person on the lease.
He lived there for another 3 months or so on a month to month lease. He went to the leasing office and told them he was moving out and they said OK here sign this paper and your lease is done. He signed it and they signed it also. This is where the trouble starts, I thought after he did this it was all done and over with no more obligation to pay the rent. We both started getting letters in the mail from them that we are overdue on rent. I though it was just because my brother might not of paid his rent for the months that he was living there on his month to month lease. I told him about it and he said ok I'll take care of it.
Well its about 6 months down the road and I get someone at my door asking me to sign for some papers about a case against me. First mistake I shouldn't of signed for them, now I know. So the jist of it is that they are suing my brother and me for about $7,000 is past rent! They are saying that the person that signed our termination of lease papers never worked there and we never terminated the lease and are billing us for it. This is just frustrating how can they say an employee never worked there? We had paid all of our rent for all the months we were living and my brother paid for all the months he was living on a month to month lease. All they are suing us for is the rent after we terminated the lease. I have talked to my lawer about this and he that on the lease it says to submit to a certian address in writing 30 days before leaving.
I didn't know much about renting this was the first time I rented from a big apartment complex, I have only rented from individuals before. Am I really screwed here my lawer thinks so. I wanted to get a second opinion here though $7,000 is a lot of money I can't pay for it now I have a serious illeness and am not working right now. I know I'm kind of screwed here cuase I didn't take my name off the lease when I moved out, if I had done that I would be in the clear, I thought that my brother was taking care of it all. Ahhhh I'm so mad right now. Also I live in Maryland if that helps. Any help would be apprecaited. if any one knows a good in Maryland that might be able to get me off send them my way.