What will happen if I do not attend court and pay rent?
Question Details: I was doing my masters at a university and rented an apartment with my roommate a year ago for a 1 year term. Due to the loss of eligibility on my visa, I was not able to return to continue my education. With this circumstance, 7 months ago, I requested that my roommate to find a replacement for me. then 3 months later, he confirmed to me that he found one. At that point I stopped paying rent. I also informed my landlord that I lost the eligibility to return to the U.S. and requested that he break the lease. Now, 3 months later, I got a notice for forcible entry and detainer. I cannot attend the court as I am out of the country and I don't have eligibility to come back. What will happen if I don't attend and pay the rent?
You'll be evicted, which does not sound like it will be a problem for you--you're not there and won't be coming back. The landlord can likely get a judgment against you (basically, a court order that you should pay) for the rent, too, but it's almost impossible (and prohibitively difficult or expensive) to enforce such judgments internationally, so there is no real practical risk.