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Old 03-19-2014, 09:31 PM
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Here's the deal. I have been subletting a master bedroom in a house for about 5-6 months. It's in Oro Valley. The other housemates are on the lease; I AM NOT.

One housemate is in charge of collecting rent and paying it to the property manager. We just found out that he hasn't paid rent (or bills) for 3 months -- found out when an eviction summons was taped to the door. The summons does not list my name, since I am not on the lease, but it does say "John Does 1-10."

I do not know if the current lease says anything about him being the rent collector, if that is relevant in any way. I believe it is just an informal agreement.

Court date is Friday. Questions:

(1) am I legally obligated to go because of the "John Doe" text?

(2) should I go? I would feel bad to skip out and make my housemates face the music alone, but if I accompany them, will I risk creating any new legal/financial consequences for myself?

Also, I do NOT have receipts, paid this guy sometimes via check and sometimes via cash.
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Old 03-20-2014, 12:34 PM
Location: Arizona
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You might want to post this on the rental forum instead. I'm not a lawyer, but own a rental. If you are not on the lease, you aren't liable for unpaid rent. This falls on whoever signed the lease. And they were probably not authorized to add you as a resident without discussing this with the property manager/landlord. Occupants need to be approved first.
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Old 03-20-2014, 10:46 PM
Location: GoJoe
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small claims, your word against theirs. good luck
my best advice, dont get involved with crud arrangements like that.
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Old 03-22-2014, 02:32 AM
Location: West of the Catalinas East of the Tortolitas
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Best bet. Move now. Immediately. I don't know what the results of the hearing were, but you're not on the rental agreement, and I doubt that the original renter had the authority to sublet, but if John Does 1-10 are listed, it refers to all tenants in the dwelling, and that could include you. Your best bet is to get out now so as not to be drawn into this debacle in any way. Legally, I doubt you're liable for past due rent (I'm not a lawyer) but I wouldn't take a chance. Distance yourself from this situation ASAP.
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