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I rented a home in Illinois and the contract was between myself and my ex. The lease was six months and he never paid his half can I recoup?

Lawyer's Assistant: What steps have you taken so far? Have you prepared or filed any paperwork?

No I havent

Lawyer's Assistant: Have you talked to an IL lawyer about this?

No

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

He also wrote a fake contract with his son and his son is trying to use this against me, however I never afraid nor signed this document for work.

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Customer reply replied 26 days ago
I have all check stubs proving that I paid. My landlord also has all evidence that I paid rent and utilities
Customer reply replied 26 days ago
I honestly just need guidance? I am out of 3k/month is what we roughly paid for this Home.
Lawyer: Nisha Jones,
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Yes, if both your names were on the lease, but he did not contribute to the rent, you can seek reimbursement from him.

Your recourse would be to file a claim in small claims court to recover his share of the rent.

Small claims court is designed to be user friendly so you wouldn't necessarily need the representation of a lawyer.

You can go in to the clerk of courts office at your local small claims courthouse and they can help provide you with the forms to get started.

You can also request that your court costs and filing fees be reimbursed by the defendant.

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Customer reply replied 25 days ago
How do I formally file in the state of Illinois? I lived in Downers Grove and looked at our lease with both of our signatures and my landlord is also willing to take witness that he never paid a dime
Lawyer: Nisha Jones,
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You would need to go into your local small claims court, into the clerk's office there, and request the forms from them for filing a small claims suit.

They should be able to provide you with all of the necessary paperwork and help you with getting it filed.

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