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My lease was up on June 30th. I moved out July 3, 2016. I

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Hello, My lease was up on June 30th. I moved out July 3, 2016. I gave forwarding address. I have to Pay Junes rent total $1558.95. I spoke verbally with Manager who know I am paying end of July 30, 2016. My old neighbor sends me a text telling me there is a court order on my old apt door which I never received, but they did send letter itemized showing I owe $1558.95. My question is do I need to show up for court if I am paying by July 30, 2016.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Landlord-Tenant
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
how with this one month late affect my credit
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
i live in state of Maryland
Expert:  Lucy, Esq. replied 10 months ago.


I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear that this happened.

If the court date is after July 30, and you pay before that, the case against you should be dismissed. But you'll want to call the courthouse the day before, just in case. If the landlord doesn't cancel the case after you pay, and you don't go to court, the judge will automatically enter a judgment against you (he won't know that you paid). You should be able to get the judgment removed, but it could be more of a hassle than going to court and showing evidence that you paid. A judgment will also be reported on your credit, and you'll have to get it removed.

How much one late month will affect your credit depends on a variety of factors, including your current credit rating and whether your landlord reports it (many don't). The best way to get an estimate of what a late payment will do is to look at (which is a free service).

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Customer: replied 10 months ago.
my leased ended. I cleaned the apartment moved out and turned in keys. had the utilities turned off. I realize I am late, I am not sure what to to.
Expert:  Lucy, Esq. replied 10 months ago.

The only thing you need to do at this point is to make the payment.

Or, if you gave a security deposit, they should deduct the late rent from that and you wouldn't have to pay anything.

Expert:  Lucy, Esq. replied 10 months ago.

Did you have any other questions about this?