How can I fight a wrongfuljudgement for alleged unpaid rent?

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How can I fight a wrongfuljudgement for alleged unpaid rent?

I lived in an apartment for 5 years. I recently moved from there to another apartment. When filling out the application and credit screening I found out the landlord filed a judgement on me over 3 years ago for unpaid rent. However I paid rent in full for the month in question. I know that because I re-signed the lease and paid the new increased rent for the month (since it was a new lease). I am unsure how a landlord can have a judgement against me for unpaid rent but allow me to sign 2 more leases year after year? I never received any documents about a judgement. I never received anything in the mail.

Asked on August 16, 2011 Washington

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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

If you were never served with a summons and complaint for an action by a prior landlord for unpaid rent, but there appears to be an unsatisfied judgment against you, you need to go down to the court house and pull the file number of the case against you for review. The file for this judgment assuming there is one, will have the returned summons, complaint and proof of service of these two documents supposedly upon you.

From this information you will be in a better position to contact your former landlord about what you discovered and discuss how to resolve the situation where you are still renting from him or her and no claims have ever been made to pay off this judgment against you.

Good luck.


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