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Asked on: 8/20/13, 6:20 pm

Real estate help: This is a long question i will try to make brief as best I can. My girlfriend rented from a property agency in 2010 and signed a lease along with a parental guarantee, which she took to mean she was on an individual lease. When she renewed her contract they presented her with the same contract but marked the old roommates names out and wrote in the two new ones. One of the roommates allowed another person to live in the house for over a month (violation of lease) and the roommate failed to pay her portion of the rent for 4 months. Property agency came after my girlfriend to pay the $1600 so my girlfriend decided to sue the roommate in civil court and won. The roommate gave the property agency a fake address and phone numbers when she signed her lease (address was to a house she never lived at and phone numbers were a fax number and a high school). The roommate has since moved across the country and now that my girlfriend has been moved out for three months, the agency has sent her a letter saying she owes $1600 for past rent and if she doesn't pay then she will be taken to court. My girlfriend says that the parental agreement has no expiration date and she was under the impression that when she renewed in 2011 and 2012 that she did not need to sign another one, nor was she presented with was and therefore the agency claims that they were all on a joint lease. What can my girlfriend do? She just got her degree from college and has not found a job yet and does not think she should pay for this. We are in Georgia. Thank you.

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