Good evening Sue,
I'm Doug, and I'm very sorry to hear of your situation. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today.
This seems like a very crucial matter for you, and your questions and issues suggest that an in-depth conversation might best suit your needs.
I have been a licensed, litigation attorney for more than 30 years, and I have handled several thousand cases. What you are asking for is pretty complex given the facts, and given that I have left the office for the evening I can call you tonight if you would like, but I will not be available to continue in this thread this evening. If tomorrow is okay with you I am more than willing to write back and forth with you then.
But if you are interested, for a nominal charge I can offer you a phone conference tonight as opposed to continuing in this question and answer thread tomorrow. If you are not interested just let me know and I will be happy to respond tomorrow.
In order to give you a clear and concise answer, I will need some additional information about the circumstances, please.
1. What state are you in?
2. Who lost copies of the lease? What about your lease document? Are you POSITIVE that they signed a lease with you?
3. Did you sublease to them or did the landlord require that they sign the lease?
4. When do each of your leases officially end?
5. Did the roommates leave a deposit with you or the landlord?
6. Do you have a roommate agreement setting out the obligations of each of you as regards rent? If not, how did you arrive at a shared rental agreement with them?