If my landlord is trying to sue me because the personI subleased my apartment to did not pay rent and was evicted, do I have a chance of winning?

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If my landlord is trying to sue me because the personI subleased my apartment to did not pay rent and was evicted, do I have a chance of winning?

My landlord is trying to sue me for $3,000. Should I pay him the money?

Asked on January 27, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Ohio

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

It depends. Does your lease allow sublets and did the landlord approve of it so that there is a direct relationship there? If the answer is yes then you need to "implead" or bring in the sub tenant to the proceeding which you should do anyway, even if the sublease is illegal as to the landlord.   You have a contract between you and the sub tenant. If you pay the landlord you can sue the sub tenant.  I would just have a lawyer take a look at the agreements to tell you the best way to proceed. Good luck. 


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