If I broke a lease and my landlord got a judgement against me, what can I do?

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If I broke a lease and my landlord got a judgement against me, what can I do?

I moved from MI to TX 3 years ago. I received a judgment against me and now a TX lawyer is contacting me and threatening me. I moved due to lack of work. What are my rights? Can this attorney come after me?

Asked on August 16, 2011 Texas

Answers:

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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

If you have a judgment against you by your former landlord for breaking your lease and not paying the balance owed upon it, and you were properly served with the summons and complaint (by personal service, sub-service or publication) and if the time to set aside the suspected default and default judgment has passed, there is really not much you can do about it unless you:

1. file for bankruptcy protection with the goal of eliminating all of your debts assuming you qualify for such a filing;

2. enter into a payment plan on terms you can afford to pay off the judgment in exchange for a satisfaction of it in full.

The Texas attorney representing your former landlord on the judgment can levy upon your assets and garnish your wages through court process to satisfy the judgment.

If the local bar association has self help clinics, you should consider attending one to assist you in your matter.

Good luck.


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