Can I take someone to court over false advertising?

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Can I take someone to court over false advertising?

Recently I just signed a new sublease on a place I’m taking over for spring semester. It was advertised by the former tenant that he would pay half of the rent for the remainder of the lease. Since I’ve signed I have yet to receive any messages, notices, calls from this guy except a text saying that he already moved. I still have a print out of the ad he posted via our campus website with his name and number, can I take him to court for half of the rent?

Asked on December 22, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Michigan

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If you have a written sublease for the unit you are writing about, it should state what the agreement is where half of the rent would be paid for the balance of the lease of the unit you would be occupying.

You have yet to move into the unit yet. As such, you have yet to be damaged. I would wait until you move in to see what happens about payment on the rent by the person you signed the lease with. Your obligation is to the person who you have the contract with. If he does not pay the portion of the master lease with the landlord as agreed to, it is not your concern. Your contract is with the former tenant who subleased to you.


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