What will happen if i don’t attend court and not pay the rent.

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What will happen if i don’t attend court and not pay the rent.

Hi,

I was doing my masters in IOWA University and rented an apartment with my
roommate from July 2018 to July 2019. due to loss of eligibility on my VISA, I
was not able to return to continue my education in December 2018. with this
circumstance, I requested my roommate to find a replacement for me which he
confirmed me as he found one in March till which I paid the rent. I also
informed my landlord that I lost the eligibility to return to the USA and
requesting him to break the lease.

Now after 3 months I got a notice for Forcible entry and detainer. I cannot
attend the court as I am out of the country and I don’t have eligibility to
come back. Please suggest to me what will happen if I don’t attend and pay the
rent.

regards,
Preetham

Asked on July 19, 2019 under Real Estate Law, Iowa

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

You'll be evicted, which does not sound like it will be a problem for you--you're not there and won't be coming back. The landlord can likely get a judgment against you (basically, a court order that you should pay) for the rent, too, but it's almost impossible (and prohibitively difficult or expensive) to enforce such judgments internationally, so there is no real practical risk.


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