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In my experience this is not true.

What's not true?

Rental contracts (I suspect in most states) routinely seem to require joint and several liability of the named tenants. This means the landlord is free to go after everyone on the lease and he doesn't have to care if it all has to come out of one person's pocket.

That's exactly what I said. If the landlord only went after one person, or if the judge held only one person liable, it would be a different story. But the way you phrased it, you agree with me 100%.
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