Pretend, if you will, that I’m renting a house but am not on the lease. Pretend also that for entirely honorable reasons, my housemate who is on the lease effing ripped me o–ahem, failed to pay last month’s rent and is now attempting to abscond–I mean depart the area without paying this month’s rent, leaving me to negotiate a new lease with the landlord.
After hypothetically consulting with legal advisors I am led to believe that I am likely not personally liable for any of the considerable mess this fellow has created, but there is the possibility that I may need to establish some facts with my landlord, one of which is that I, at least, pay my damned rent.
It has been suggested to me that rather than hoisting the bastard by his own petard for grand larceny, I can quietly solve the problem by having him sign and notarize a promissory note stating the amount he owes me. Since my friend is of a considerably… skittish… frame of mind right now, I would like to present him with the simplest, most straightforward document I can give him.
In other words I need to create an entirely legal document that isn’t littered with legalese. Can you please provide some suggestions where I might find some examples of promissory notes which do not resemble this?
As this is a highly personal hypothetical question, I am reticent to discuss futher details. And as always, thank you in advance for your assistance.