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My roommate unexpectedly moved out before the end of our lease and left me to pay for her half as well. She won't pay me back and says it's because I "created a hostile environment," forcing her to move. I think she's full of it. Just because I like to throw a few loud parties doesn't mean I created a "hostile" environment! What do you think, Nancy, do I have a case? -- Owen from
This is a tricky one. Legally speaking, if your ex-roommate's name is on the lease and she abruptly moved out without proper notice, then she is responsible for paying until the lease is over. However, if you did create an environment that made the tenancy uninhabitable for her, then she could argue that she had the right to leave and break the lease. This case would all depend on what kind of evidence she has against you. In any event, the landlord would likely hold both of you responsible for the lease upon any default.
My ex-girlfriend is suing me for things she offered to pay for during our relationship. I assumed that paying for my airfare to fly to
This could go either way, depending on what kind of evidence your ex brings to the table with respect to whether the items were "gifts" or "loans." If she has witnesses and proof, then she may certainly have a case. It would be a credibility contest between the two of you. Let's hope for your sake that you aren't a bad guy who preys on women!
I rear-ended a woman in traffic, and now she wants me to pay for her repair costs. The thing is, my car was practically totaled. I had to have it towed away after the accident, whereas she left the scene with her car in running condition. Don't you think that means we are even? I'm not insured, so I really can't afford to pay for her car's damages as well as the damages to my own car. -- Richard from
Uninsured motorists cause unnecessary pain for good people, and, in most states, it is illegal to drive without minimum levels of liability insurance. You should sign up for some collision insurance and pay up! It's not this poor woman's fault that you were driving around uninsured! If there was a police report taken at the scene, then I am sure you will be facing serious penalties for driving without insurance anyway.
My baby's father owes me for a loan I took out for him to get a car. When we broke up two years ago, he stopped paying me back. He tells me that this is "the ugly business of a break up, so too bad." He has countless speeding tickets, a suspended license, and has other loans as well as a baby on the way with his new girlfriend. Nancy, is he right? Do I have to pay the rest of his loan because we are broken up? -- Lana from
Oh, you have got to be kidding me. This guy seems to be reckless with his life and money, and now he seems to be recklessly having children that he refuses to provide for. Maybe he shouldn't have children until HE grows up! I would advise you to take this to court to obtain a judgment against him, and, if he has a job, then you can collect from his paychecks. In the meantime, keep making payments on the loan (since it is in your name) to ensure the account stays current or else your credit may be adversely affected. Good luck, and I hope he is better at being a father than he is at paying bills.
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