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December 24, 2012

David asks…

How I get a roommate out who is not on the lease?

I rent a 2 bedroom apartment that I share with a roommate who is not on the lease. I have been living here for 1 year and 1 month and am on a lease I recently re-signed for 2 years. My roommate moved in August 1st of this year. I paid the full security deposit and paid her share of utilities for the first month. After being here a month, she tried to negotiate the price by saying because she doesn’t use the phone and cable, she shouldn’t have to pay for those services. I reminded her she agreed to the price and knew what was included in the rent prior to moving in as the utilties and their cost were listed in the ad she responded to. Today she informed me someone is coming to look at the apartment as she will be out of the country for 2 months (leaving this Wednesday) and she wants to sublet her room. She said because she won’t be here, she feels she should not have to pay rent for those 2 months. She posted an ad on Craigslist a week ago without telling me or discussing the situation with me and gave me a 1 hour notice prior to someone looking at the apartment. I told her I was not comfortable with a stranger moving in for 2 months on such short notice and that just because she would not be here, it does not release her from the responsibility of having to pay while her stuff is still here. We never signed an agreement prior to her moving in and she’s not on the lease I have with the landlord. I want to serve her with a notice to vacate and find a new roommate who will be responsible and pay the rent each month. Is there any other special steps I need to take to get her out of here? BTW, I live in New York City and she has only been living here for barely 2 months.
She did have plans to move back into the unit after returning, but I am uncomfortable letting her back given she has tried to negotiate a set price and shows signs that she has issues with money (let go from her job, can’t pay October’s rent, etc.). The other issue is she gave me very little warning that she was leaving and looking for someone to sublet the room to, leaving me with only 5 days to come up with the full $1635 for rent. I also live in a co-op where people own their units and don’t appreciate a revolving door of temporary tenants. I would bring her to court, but she will be in Israel starting 9/29 and not returning until 11/26. I just want her out and bring in someone responsible who won’t cause these issues.

Administrator answers:

Believe it or not, your roommate is doing more right than not!

IN law, there is a term called Remediation. A person at fault or about to be in default in
a contract has to be given the chance to make things right. That is why they have
in court, for contract law cases, a mediator. A mediator helps find “middle ground”

the law permits a tenant to crate a “sandwich tenancy” when they hit a situation where they
are about to lose and they want to reduce their loses.

IF your vacating tenant will be willing to stay responsible, you should accept the new tenant.
PERIOD. IF the new tenant is a jerk, a thief, or whatever, you can get rid of both the
replacement tenant and the girl leaving for 2 mo.

IT does not make sense, as you say, for her to deal with a 2mo vacation–exit when she
is only on a month to month sub tenancy–but maybe she wants to return to your unit
as a sub tenant; ASK HER!!!!

IT is fine to require the new person to fill out a sub tenancy lease or month to month
agreement……..such as tenancy insurance, some relationship agreements [limits
as to what she cannot do that are reasonable limits, etc]

get back to me for further help

Sandy asks…

HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?

I currently live in Indiana and am planning on moving to another state so I can finish my last two years of college. I either want to move to California or New York. I really want to move to California but I hear all these negative things there. My mom doesn’t really want me to move to New York because shes afraid of the violence and the bombings that go down there.

Here’s a little about me:
I am majoring in English, but want to major in either journalism or creative writing but my college that im in doesnt have those degrees
I am very quiet so I want a place with friendly people and where i can make friends easy (i will be moving all by myself so I wont know anyone)
I hate snow but I have never been in a tornado, earthquake, hurricane, or any extreme weather like that.
I want a place where its not Impossible to find a job.
With financial aid and everything I will be able to spend around $1200 a month on an apartment (i would prefer a house but I doubt I will find one). I dont want to live in a dorm because I have a small dog
I love music so I would love to get a job or even an internship at a music store or record label.
I want to be an entertainment new writer or work in a magazine where I write about celebrities.
I don’t want to live somewhere with a lot of violence.

So what is your opinion? should I move to New York or California? Which is better violence, job, more friendly people wise? Which schools are the best to apply to? I don’t have the greatest grades but Im doing better this semester with straight A’s. Ad which community is the best to move to?

Thanks!!!!! 10 pts for best answer!!!!

Administrator answers:

California. The job market in New York is scarce. And its easy to get lazy there. There are so many peolpe all crowded togther. And you get charged all the time on the highway in New York.

Lizzie asks…

HELP!!!!!! 10 pts for best answer?

I currently live in Indiana and am planning on moving to another state so I can finish my last two years of college. I either want to move to California or New York. I really want to move to California but I hear all these negative things there. My mom doesn’t really want me to move to New York because shes afraid of the violence and the bombings that go down there.

Here’s a little about me:
I am majoring in English, but want to major in either journalism or creative writing but my college that im in doesnt have those degrees
I am very quiet so I want a place with friendly people and where i can make friends easy (i will be moving all by myself so I wont know anyone)
I hate snow but I have never been in a tornado, earthquake, hurricane, or any extreme weather like that.
I want a place where its not Impossible to find a job.
With financial aid and everything I will be able to spend around $1200 a month on an apartment (i would prefer a house but I doubt I will find one). I dont want to live in a dorm because I have a small dog
I love music so I would love to get a job or even an internship at a music store or record label.
I want to be an entertainment new writer or work in a magazine where I write about celebrities.
I don’t want to live somewhere with a lot of violence.

So what is your opinion? should I move to New York or California? Which is better violence, job, more friendly people wise? Which schools are the best to apply to? I don’t have the greatest grades but Im doing better this semester with straight A’s. Ad which community is the best to move to?

Thanks!!!!! 10 pts for best answer!!!!

Administrator answers:

California is amazing, I live here. Forget what “Sunshine” says. She has no idea what she’s saying. She’s just a troll.

With California, you have a diverse climate and diverse topography. San Diego, Los Angeles and San francisco all have their own unique character. NYC is too crowded and has a lot of crime and too much traffic more than california.

Good luck!

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