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Are you both on the lease for the apartment?
Ok, then since you are both on the lease, if partner defaults and doesn't pay the rent, the landlord would proceed against both of you with an eviction action called an unlawful detainer. This is a legal case where the landlord states that you and partner have breached the lease agreement and he wants a judgment for possession of the property back and for a money judgment for any delinquent rent or damages.
This is a negative credit event and would then be reported on both your credit reports if the landlord has to evict through the courts.
At this point, if partner won't pay the rent or move, then the landlord would come after you both for an eviction and then potentially sue you both for any lost rent until the property is re-rented.
But other than paying the rent or getting partner to pay the rent, there really aren't many other options other than moving out.
That would go first towards any damages to the apartment and any court costs and cleaning if an eviction occurs. Then any balance would be applied to any delinquent rent.
The have to give you a 3 day notice to pay or vacate and then actually go through a formal court case, which takes about 3 weeks from start to finish before they could have the sheriff appear and physically force you to leave the premises.
But you don't have to move out within 3 days after getting the notice and can force them to go through the formal court process..