If I sublet my apartment to a friend under a verbal contract but he has not paid me, how do I go about suing him?

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If I sublet my apartment to a friend under a verbal contract but he has not paid me, how do I go about suing him?

He went to spend a couple of days with his girlfriend and never returned. I kept trying to get a hold of him to inquire when he would pay me rent which he now owes over $800 in back rent. He claims that he will pay me but never does. This has been going on for over 2 months. He also claims that I should have known he moved out when he never came home. He never informed me he was moving out. He simply left with me under the impression he was staying with a girlfriend. He has now blocked me on all social media sites, changed his phone number and informed his work I went insane.

Asked on December 9, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Smoe friend. What you'll have to do now is to file suit against him in small claims court. You will have the burden of proving the debt and the exact amount of that debt. Therefore bring any supporting evidence that have with you - documents, witnesses, etc. The judge will want to examine it. Otherwise, you may have a hard time proving your case.


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