Am I liable for back rent to a roommate who would physically abuse me, which is what forced me to leave?
I lived with a roommate and we didn't get along. Then he started beating me up. I finally had enough when he almost killed me and I got a stalking order and moved out. I had to or else I would probably not be alive any longer. After the stalking order, the roommate cancelled (stopped payment) on a check he wrote to me for that month's (March) rent. He then immediately moved out. The stalking order was temporary and at the hearing to see if it would be made permanent the judge denied it from becoming permanent due to the fact that we no longer lived together. The property management company wouldn't let me break the lease, so I figured when the next month rolled around that we'd just be evicted and the lease would end due to non-payment. It turns out the roommate is still paying rent and has paid rent for April and May, although he doesn't live there and nor have I since March. The property management company knows about all of this, and even has a copy of the stalking order. The roommate is now suing me in small claims court for back rent in the months of April and May. Am I liable? If I am, how likely is it a judge will enforce a ruling against me considering the circumstances?
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