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My son sublet his trailer to another person before moving to

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My son sublet his trailer to another person before moving to Washington State recently. He only added her as an occupant but not to the lease. She invited a friend to live with her who destroyed the place and the landlord us now threatening to file felony charges against my son due to the damage. The landlord was aware of the occupants and even suggested it to my son as an option for him when moving. What are his legal rights now?
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Real Estate Law
Expert:  J. Warren replied 4 months ago.

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I am sorry your son is dealing with this situation. First, your son did not commit the damage and can not have felony charges filed against him. Second, it is unlikely the police will get involved as this is a civil matter not a criminal matter.

However, you son still being on the original lease does create some issues and he could be held liable for the damages because he is on the lease. Mitigating that liability would be the fact that the landlord permitted the occupant and therefore he should not be held liable for the full amount of damage.

In addition, if your son is sued for the damage he can name both the occupant and the person she allowed to stay as a third party and basically to the extent he is held liable they are liable to him. This results in at least sharing the cost of the damages but possibly being reimbursed for any damages he is held liable for.

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