What is my potential liability regarding my wife’s co-signing a lease with someone?

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What is my potential liability regarding my wife’s co-signing a lease with someone?

My wife recently co-signed a lease for a condo for a friend of hers that I’ve never even met. She did so without my knowledge using a joint checking account. We also own a car, house and business together. I want to know what liabilities I now have due to this.

Asked on January 4, 2017 under Family Law, Florida


S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Since your wife co-signed the condo lease during marriage, if the tenant defaults on the rent and your wife defaults, the landlord could sue them and you for payment.
If the landlord obtains a judgment against you, the judgment can be enforced with a lien on your home, business, etc.

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