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Can a landlord be sued by a person whose name is not on the rental agreement?


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2006-04-09 05:03:58
2006-04-09 05:03:58

I'm not a lawyer, but I'll attempt a general answer. You can't sue the landlord for breach of contract if your name isn't on the lease. But, if you're suing him for negligence (for example, if he failed to maintain the stairs and you fell), it doesn't matter if you're a legal tenant or just a visitor. Also, in many cities, if you sublet from a legal tenant, you have the same rights they do. Probably best to consult a lawyer. If you don't have money, the legal aid society in your town should be able to help you.


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