• Possibly. If you're willing to slog through paperwork with a county clerk or stare down a sherriff's deputy... not many people are. Most judgements are against the tenant "and unnamed occupants", but if the landlord failed to guard against it, you haven't yet been served. That doesn't mean you really want a big court fight. Especially not if you can get something even better through negotiation. Contact the landlord directly first. He or she may not be aware you're there, especially if the person you're renting from isn't authorized to sub-let the apartment. That kind of person is *usually* not a property manager but an owner, and that means the owner has mortgages and expenses so you're in a position to negotiate. The landlord may be willing to rent the entire place to you instead, if you can afford it, particularly since you're already there and have presumably been paying rent to *somebody* in good faith. He may also be willing to let you find roommates and rent the entire house, or to rent you a single room in the house and fill the other rooms up with, say, students or senior citizens. Rental money doesn't exactly grow on trees any more and the landlord may be grateful to have a trickle of rental income while searching for the replacement tenant or additional people to rent the other rooms. If that fails, apply for the stay. But try this first and let me know if it works. Don't ask, don't get. Disclaimer: I'm not a lawyer but I've been a landlord for years and know what makes them tick.
  • WHY fight the eviction etc ... Find yourself another Room in a home that is OWNED by the person renting the room out ... and you'll be SAFE for the most part ...
  • You have no standing against the owner since you lack privity. You can sue your landlord for damages, but it may not be worth it if he is insolvent.
  • Subletting does not count. The landlord probably did not know you existed.

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