Renting with roommates... can things de-escalate?
October 16, 2013 6:30 AM Subscribe
Ok, so I'm living in Chicago with a few of my SO's old roommates from college. We've known them for less than a year and I can admit maybe we jumped into a year lease too soon. However, what recourse do we have right now?
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We have quite a while to go until the lease is up. This is a two-parter, one we have been threatened to be evicted if we don't follow the rules regarding noise, and since we are living with a few partiers, we're hoping this doesn't happen. However, if we do get kicked out because the landlord terminated the lease, what exactly does that entail in Chicago? Do we have to pay? This would also presumably go on our rental history making it difficult to rent again (how difficult?) and I just want to take all the precautions if it actually indeed does come to pass so we're not homeless.
Ideally, I'd like to re-let the place so I also appreciate any advice on involving the management company and finding a suitable renter to take over the lease. Except, of course, it is shared housing, and renting a room and I'm not sure if too many people are willing to live with a bunch of strangers.
The second issue: Money. An account was set up to pay all of the household expenses, except the statements and account information are being asked for. Can anything be compromised by giving out this information? And it seems to be that the responsible people are being battled against the irresponsible people and they are currently winning. Meetings do not help as everything is all hunky dory and no one says any issues but then as soon as it's over, nothing changes and everyone is talking behind everyone else's back. Really petty stuff, yet this is a real-life situation that needs to be resolved and I hate feeling the stress and like I'm at the mercy of the will of a bunch of juveniles. How do we command respect in this situation in a way that what we say goes because it is in the best interests of the group at large? Especially when we're venturing into a take-sides situation that we are not likely to win.