Who files the lawsuit for the security deposit refund when the responsible tenant is not the person who wrote the deposit check?
The story goes: my father wrote the check. He also wrote the rent checks. I lived with 3 others, one of whom was acting landlord. They were made out to him. He is refusing to adhere to the law over my refund, so I'm forced to take him to court. He also created an uninhabitable environment, on top of hostility, so while I'm at it I'll be suing for my last month's rent. I have so many pictures, e-mails, text messages as proof, and while I wrote physical, professional, signed and dated letters in order to follow the law, he wouldn't even take a call. Only texting and e-mail. He's in his late 30s, fyi.
There is written, documented proof that I am the responsible tenant, the only part my dad played was the checking account. Don't ask why, please just answer.
I'll be suing for 3x my deposit (CA law allows this), my last month's rent, and the $50 to file. So, is my dad a necessary party? Can I get something signed by him so he doesn't have to go to court with me? THANK YOU if you read all of this!