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Old 09-27-2013, 11:19 AM
 
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Any suggestion is valuable..

I was new to US and I helped few guys to lease apt for 1yr as not all of the people where having ssn to rent apt. I was living in another apt. This was 2009 in Cali.

After few months, the people in the apt started moving out without my knowledge. Some of the remaining roommates found another people. I told apt manager about this to transfer the name to another guy in the apt and she told me she would take care of everything but she did not. Finally they all moved out before lease end. They said we paid manager all the rent is advance but someone suggest me that manager made some deal with them and screwed me

Later on, the manager got fired due to irregularities with finances she made during her reign. I reported all this to the property supervisor but no actions were taken as they were busy finding irregularities previous manager made. And new manager came and I explained him the situation, he did nothing and later he was also fired for some reason.

When I left my apt in 2010, I was not notified about any charges concerning that apt. But I recently found out that a large amount of 6k has been kept on credit. I am furious about this. Two of the four people who stayed in that apt fled out of US permanently and two of them are here.

1. Can I sue the guys( both here and abroad) who were staying in apt. I have proof of emails that they were living in that apt.
2. I am building my case and so is it be wise to mention that I help people lease apt on my name, as I was not getting any profit out of it?
3. Can I sue the management for their bad management?

Any suggestions would be helpful on how can I get out of this situation?
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Old 09-27-2013, 11:22 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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Your case is much to specific and unique for anyone here to be able to help you. Look up local tenant advocates in your area and speak to some of them to see what your options are.
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Old 09-27-2013, 11:30 AM
 
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I was told by my friends that settle it urself first. May if one qs can be answered here.

Can I sue the people staying in apt though my name was on apt? I have proof that they were staying in the apt.
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Old 09-27-2013, 11:44 AM
 
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Lightbulb yo...

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I was told by my friends that settle it urself first. May if one qs can be answered here.

Can I sue the people staying in apt though my name was on apt? I have proof that they were staying in the apt.
Dude, ask a Lawyer.
K
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Old 09-27-2013, 11:59 AM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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"Oh, what a tangled web we weave
When first we practice to deceive!"

---Sir Walter Scott, 1808
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Old 09-29-2013, 06:04 PM
 
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I think not because you probably have nothing in writing...Thus no proof
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Old 09-29-2013, 06:17 PM
 
Location: California
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I think not because you probably have nothing in writing...Thus no proof
"in writing" probably doesn't mean emails where they mention they are living in the apartment either. "in writing" means a contract of some sort.

OP...who were you, new to the USA youself, to take on the housing responsibility of others who were in no position to take it on themselves? Sounds shady. I suggest you LIVE AND LEARN and stop making bad decisions.
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Old 09-30-2013, 01:56 PM
 
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It really does not matter who was living in the apartment. The OP signed the lease, putting the OP responsible for paying the rent and paying for any damages.

In other words it is similar to co-signing a loan for someone. If they don't pay, then you are responsible.

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Can I sue the guys( both here and abroad) who were staying in apt. I have proof of emails that they were living in that apt.
You can sue anybody, but you have to prove they owe the money . It does not matter they lived in the apartment, what matters is who signed the lease. And what good is it going to do to sue someone that lives abroad after leaving the USA. You will go to the expense of the suit, but how are you going to collect from them if you get a judgement. You are not.

When you signed the lease, you said in essence, 'I am responsible for paying the rent and any other expenses that the one that signed the lease is responsible.' Anyone that stayed in the apartment is really your guest, staying in a unit your are responsible for paying the rent and other costs.
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Old 09-30-2013, 11:59 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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You can sue them, but it won't fix the problem with the landlord and you. You will need to deal with the credit problem yourself. Do you mean that there's a judgment for $6,000 on your credit report now?

I also suggest you talk to legal services or a lawyer. Here's a resource page on the CA Bar Association website:

I would suggest you talk to a landlord/tenant attorney to ask about the tenant issues, and/or a bankruptcy attorney to get help dealing with your credit.

Lawyer Referral Services (LRS)

Sorry they treated you badly. It was a kind thing for you to do, though not legal
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Old 10-03-2013, 12:45 AM
 
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Do I understand correctly, that you are not a citizen of the US yourself, any more than the people you helped?
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