Roommate leaving the door open; what to do?
March 20, 2014 6:51 PM Subscribe
My roommate has, for the 3rd time, left the front door of our apartment locked but not closed. It is visibly open, and the door can be opened by pushing. He insists he didn't do this. How to handle this?
posted by Chaussette Fantoche to Human Relations (29 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I am looking for solutions to handle this with the roommate. After the 2nd time it happened, we set up a policy of always bolting the door, and this worked for a couple months. Tonight it happened again. Each time he thought he closed the door, but was the last person to leave and admits he was in a rush. Twice I have come home alone, and am worried for my safety (especially as a woman, if a stranger was inside...). Tonight I called him and he said he didn't think he did it, and didn't sound like he thought it was a big deal. I haven't called the police because our apartment building has a set of main doors, so the vast majority of people in the building are residents, guests, management, and utilities. There are upwards of 70 units in the building, and it is easy for strangers to follow someone in (though it is rare).
Although roomie insists he closed the door fully, I am sure it was him. This only started happening when he moved in (I lived alone for a year prior). If management comes into the apartment when we aren't home, they are required to leave a prominent note.
Roomie is best friend, and I want to handle this diplomatically. He is moving out in a few months, but I don't want this to happen again. (For those who are wondering, he is the roomie in previous questions. Our original arrangement was for the academic year only. We don't have a hard move-out date, it'll be when he finds a place and depend if I'm leaving town for a summer internship or not.) I am concerned for my personal safety and the security of my belongings and pet. Obviously bolting the door isn't adequate. What solution do I have to ensure our door gets bolted?