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I have a house that I own. I pay the mortgage. I have a property manager who handles the tenants that move in and deal with any problems of the house. Now I never have spoken to the tenant or even met her. My property manager went to jail for the past 90 days. So his mom took over the role of a property manager and to speak to the tenant about collection rent and fix issues of the house. Now the tenant is taking my property manager to court and his mom to court and me as well. Even though I never met the woman (The tenant). Anway the reason she is taking all three of us to court was cause of an ORAL aggreement between the orginal property manager and the tenant. I have not been served papers yet, I live in a diff county. But my name is on there papers. I assume I will be served papers soon. (most likely by mail). The tenant also states that she should get her security deposit back even though she skipped out on the lease and trashed the place before she moved. She never gave a 30 day notice, instead it was I am leaving in two weeks. (no signed contract). her stuff was moved out and my 2nd property manager had the locks changed. Anyway the year lease that she signed does NOT have my name on the lease as owner of the house, instead it has my property manangers name. The house flooded by the water heater and few yrs ago and had 9,000 in damgae, everything was replaced but the tenant had no rental insurance to replace her property. She wants the property manager to pay her money for her belongings. Now she is suing all three of us for loss of property and some oral agreement that I know nothing about. What are the chances of winning this?
I am not a Slum Lord. The house had new carpeting laid down, new cabinets, new drywall put in from the insurance company when the water heater exploded. The house was beautful inside. Now she trashed it, she is suing for her loss of property cause she had NO rental insurance and some ORAL agreement that I have no idea about.

6 Thoughts on Can I be sued for being the owner of the house?
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    Obama bites the big one
    November 15, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Get a good lawyer, counter sue for damages. Oral agreements are crap. he said she said.

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    laughter_every_day
    November 15, 2011 at 11:46 am

    I have never met Mr. Sears or Mr. Roebuck. I have only dealt with their agents — like the appliance salesmen. Nevertheless, when I enter into a contract with the agenct, I can enforce it against them. I wonder if you realize that you are also asking if you were entitled to be paid rent at all, since you have never met the folks.
    When you employ an agent and authorize that agent to enter into contracts, those contracts are binding against you. If your agent runs into someone with her car while on your business, you will also be liable for the damages.

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    djaca70
    November 15, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    There is no victory in this per se. Why is she getting you involved in her lawsuit? Oral agreements do not stick in court, and since you do not have any knowledge about it, even more so.

    This tenant is whacked, and an exploiter.

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    J
    November 15, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Yes, indeed you can be sued for it.

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    CW
    November 15, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    It was your property and your water heater. You are responsible for the water heater. If it was storm damage it would be her problem, but it was not so you can easily be held liable. No oral contract required.

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    FAHQ
    November 15, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    by changing the locks you allowed her out of the lease….also couldn’t get back in to clean so you are out there to..the house flooded and ruined her stuff….if she had rental insurance she could have gotten replacement value ( new stuff) you only have to pay the for the current value …..she could hit your insurance company for the full amount…

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