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My daughter had an apartment with a roommate who moved her

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My daughter had an apartment with a roommate who moved her boyfriend in against the lease .my daughter moved out because the situation was unsafe . The leasing company told my daughter that because both names were on the lease she would still b equally responsible for the rent each month even though the rental agreement said no one else should live in the apartment without their approval. The leasing company refused to do anything. My daughter did not want her credit ruined so she moved back home and finished paying out her half of the rent for the last 3 months of the lease. The roommate moved out at the end of the lease ,but ran up a $150 water bill and has not paid it and probably will not. The leasing company sent a notice to my daughter saying she is equally liable and they will ruin her credit if it isn't paid. The roommate has moved but we don't know if there is a forwarding address .How can we find her new address? My daughter wants to take her to small claims court for the water bill and also for the 3 months of rent she paid and couldn't even live there in safety. Would she have a chance in small claims court to get her money back? But she would need to be able to find the roommate to have her served with the court papers.
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The first step is she will have to check with the landlord to determine the forwarding address. Second, she can check court records at the clerk's office to see if this roommate has any other suit filed from which she could find address. Finally, another option is to call or text the roommate and tell her that se has received money back from the landlord and she needs to give her the share she is due and see if the roommate will respond to the text with an address. If the roommate is in college she can also check with college directory as they many times have addresses. If not your daughter can serve the girl a work or at school.

These are really the only options to locate her without spending a fortune on a private investigator.

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