Individual-lease roommate moved out and unlawfully sublet to an outside party. I expressed my concern for my safety to the property management. They lied to me for more than a month that they would take action against this person, told me they would compensate me or let me out of my lease renewal when no eventual action was taken, told me to "name my price" for compensation and they would get back to me; waited until after the renewal date of my new lease, then got back to me with the decision not to compensate me at all. Because I had confidence that some sort of compromise would be made, I wasn't paying the rent. When they finally told me "you get nothing," they subsequently issued a pay rent or quit notice. I then paid the amount stated on the notice in the preferred money order form, and they wouldn't accept it. What can I do here? Can I sue for damages?

Jeffrey Lippman ∙ September 17, 2019

Landlord Tenant law varies from State to State and oftentimes, varies within a State by local jurisdiction ordinances. The terms of the Lease may also have significant impact. It is impossible to provide an answer via email. I'd encourage you to schedule a full consultation and document review with your LegalZoom provider law firm.

Jeffrey Lippman's offices are located in Leesburg, Virginia. Mr. Lippman is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland, and his comments may only apply to those jurisdictions. If your question applies to a different jurisdiction you should check with an attorney in that jurisdiction. The information is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation. Answering this question does not in any way constitute legal representation and any information you provide is not protected by attorney-client privilege.


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