Roommate from Hell
July 28, 2012 6:06 PM Subscribe
Roommate has lied about paying her share of the bills and has not paid last month's bills. She's been unreasonable and refuses to talk about bills. Her lease ends in 3 days. She owes hundreds of dollars. Can we pursue legal recourse? (part of the lease posted inside)
posted by taiscape to Work & Money (14 answers total)
note: I'm not the one who is actually living with this person. My friends are the one living with her. She took my room when I moved out (found her on craigslist) because she seemed pleasant and responsible. This is not the case anymore and I feel partly responsible.
Robyn is the girl who has not been paying her bills. For the past month, my friend Heather who lives with her has repeatedly asked Robyn to pay her share of the bills because she never paid up (this is for June). Robyn has been increasingly closed off and refuses to talk about the bills. She always tries to flee the house or will slam the door in Heather's face.
Heather has just found out today that Robyn has lied about paying her share of the bills for previous months when she received late charges and checked online accounts. So now Robyn really does owe a couple hundred dollars in unpaid utilities.
The issue now is that we are afraid Robyn will just jump ship since her lease ends in 3 days and get away with not paying hundreds of dollars.
I found this bit in the lease for utilities:
Where applicable, Tenant must pay fuel charges, electric, water sewer use, telephone, cable and any other utilities for the premises as and when the same become due, and make all required deposits. Additionally, Tenant is responsible for trash removal charges if that service is provided by a private hauler and the facility is not located in a County collection district. The tenant agrees to furnish a receipted water bill for the above premises to Landlord/Agent at termination of the Lease, extension or renewals thereof.
Everyone at the house has signed the lease with that clause.
They live in Maryland.
if this is relevant: there are four people who live in the house. Robyn, Heather, and two other girls. Everyone but Robyn has been paying the bills in full and on time.
They have a long list of bills that Robyn has not paid. The bills are in Heather's name I believe...so this has been ruining her credit score.