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Legal Ramifications of Judgement in Joint Tenancy

Posted by Joe on January 25, 2002 at 10:38:53:

Over a year ago I signed into a joint-tenant contract, so that all tenants were liable for the others. My roommate did not pay 2 months of rent during the summer, and so the landlord took him to court, won the case, so my roommate received a judgement for the 2 months rent he owed. Meanwhile, the landlord held onto both mine and my other roommate's security deposit, and claim they will not give them back until the other roommate pays his judgement. However, this roommate will not pay his judgement until the landlord pays him his security deposit. He claims that once the judgement is given, they have no right to hold onto our security deposits. What's going on here? Right now the landlord has about 3 months worth of rent for 2 months unpayed, with another 2 months coming in the judgement... What can I do?
Any help is appreciated.

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