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My grandson is at collage. He moved in with another kid this

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My grandson is at collage. He moved in with another kid this last March. The other kid had the lease with his mother as a co-signer. She paid a $1000 security deposit. My grandson left a bit is a mess and the need for some very minor repairs. I paid rent and part of the utilities to his mother. The arrangement was informal and nothing was signed. The lease is up today and both kids have left. What is our Legal responsibility here. The mother is getting nasty and I am afraid of her. I am a 76 yr old widow on a small fixed income. I would like to do the decent thing but I am afraid of what she will do.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Richard replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  Richard replied 1 year ago.

There are two contractual relationships here...the one between the the other kid and the landlord and then the one between your son and the other kid. As between the landlord and the other kid, that's the other kid's issue, not your son's issue. Rather, your son, with no written agreement, is simply a month to month tenant. As long as he paid rent, the only thing he has any liability for is the damages he may have caused other than normal wear and tear. That's the extent of his liabilities. The mother can get nasty if she wants, but don't let her intimidate you because this is your son's only liability.

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