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Asked on: 10/01/13, 2:36 pm

I signed a lease from a private owner. I gave him a security deposit and first months rent. When I moved a week and a half later from another state, when I arrived there were baby roaches crawling on the baseboards on the lower level and in the bathtub upstairs. There was also the smell of urine after removing all the glad plugins. I got some pictures and video of the pests crawling before I ran and stayed at the Hampton Inn. The next morning we begged the owner to terminate our lease. He brought a handwritten paper saying that he would terminate the lease, but that I forfeited all rents and security deposits paid. I was scared that I would not be let out of the lease and that he could take me to court for the whole year if I did not sign, so I did. My question is do I have a civil case to get my deposit back even though I signed his paper. If I do have a case, can he come after me for the entire year of rent?

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