Upcoming lease issues
July 12, 2012 8:32 PM Subscribe
In one month I am moving out of my current living situation and moving into an apartment on my own. I'm stressing due to multiple issues, most importantly regarding my rental history, which is shaky, and a roommate that isn't paying rent. Will my rental history cause issues when I try to get a lease?
I'll try to keep this brief. I have been living for 2.5 years in a craigslist house here in Portland. I have not been on the lease at all in the 2.5 years. I signed nothing. Prior to moving in here I was on a lease, and before that I was on a lease. I've personally never had any issues with late rent, NSF checks, property damage, etc. I've always gotten my deposits back.
In my current house, only one of my roommates has been on the lease. We've had nothing in writing, only a gentlemen's agreement that each of us would pay our share, and this roommate would pay the rent. Said roommate moved far out of state in February. We agreed to let the deal stand as it was, we pay the rent to him, he sends out a check to the landlord. The lease is set to end August 31st, and because our landlord is selling our house; we all are moving out. We've discussed the fact that there won't be a renewal with our landlord nearly a month ago.
The most severe issue right now is that my our leaseholder and former roommate has not paid rent on time. He claimed to have sent a check via online billpay that was supposed to come around July 3rd (rent due on the 5th). That check never came. He resent the billpay with a new due date of July 12th, and again it hasn't arrived. Obviously our landlord is not happy with this situation, and it comes at a particularly bad time as I know I am going to need rental referrals. I am currently pressing my former roommate to get the money to him ASAP. The amount of money that's currently due is more than I can afford and still have enough money for a move/deposit/first/last in one month's time. My other roommates have significantly less money than I, and very likely wouldn't be able to assist with the rent. Mind you, we've all paid our money to our former roommate who is on the lease.
I'm curious as to what the hell I do now. Our landlord is pissed at us due to the very late rent situation. I'm particularly worried that my former roommate might have screwed us over out of the rent that is due. When I apply for an apartment, what do I put down for my rental history? How do I explain away that I haven't been on a lease for 2.5 years? If I use the current landlord, he might claim that I owe a share of this rent that's poofed. My address will definitely show on a credit history. Also how do I deal with my former roommate didn't get rent in? I have good credit (720 average) and my income is more than sufficient for any apartment I get. Am I going to be going up a certain creek without a paddle?