My roommate gave me notice that she was moving out on May 1. Now she says she's staying until the end of her lease. But we don't have a lease! This is in NYC.
She moved in in October. She was supposed to pay her deposit out of her next paycheck, but she has yet to do so. I reminded her in November, then insisted in February, at which point she made a payment, but she still owes me the majority of the deposit.
In late February, she gave me her notice that she was moving out by May 1. Okay, cool. I'll find a new roommate.
Relations are, shall we say, a bit strained at the moment, but this is a law & government question, not human relations. When I e-mailed her two weeks ago to let her know I had roommate appointments set up for that weekend, she insisted that she had a lease with the landlord that went through October, that I couldn't kick her out, and that she'd "come after [me] with lawyers". I reminded her that she hadn't yet paid the deposit, and asked to see a copy of the lease she signed. She said, "Fine." She hasn't yet done either.
She pays rent by signing over her payroll checks to me, and I deposit the entire rent directly into the landlord's checking account. The last lease I signed with the landlord (with a previous roommate) was in 2006. She and I have never signed anything, and I doubt she signed a lease with my landlord by herself.
So: At this point, I would like her to leave like she said she was going to, and I'll recoup the deposit money from the next roommate. Is this
an option for me? Have you ever brought this kind of case against your roommate? Do I need a lawyer? What kind? How do I find one? Do I need to involve my landlord, and if so, when?