Will an Unlawful Detainer Judgment Affect Your Credit Score?

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An unlawful detainer action is when a landlord is trying to remove someone from their leased premises, but moving out will stop the process. Find out how a landlord can sue for unpaid back rent with legal advice from a certified family mediator in this free video on laws and the court.

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You've just come from your mailbox at your apartment complex and you've seen where your landlord is threatening to sue you for unlawful detainer and in this day and age you're wondering is this going to have any effect on my overall credit rating, does this have anything to do with that. Hello, I'm Robert Todd and I'm here to answer the question will an unlawful retainer judgment affect your credit score. Well first of all, an unlawful detainer action contemplates that your landlord is trying to remove you from your leased premises or apartment. This means you violated some provision in the lease, your lease is expired and your holding over or you're not paying rent. The purpose of this unlawful detention suit is to basically remove you from the apartment. If you move out you stop the entire process. You may still be sued by your landlord for back rent which you didn't pay, but the unlawful detainer will be stopped. The other aspect is any judgment against you will go on your credit score and will be detrimental to it so you don't want any type of judgment against you. I'm Robert Todd and thank you for watching.

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