help me not get screwed over by my roommate
May 4, 2014 4:48 PM Subscribe
My troublesome roommate is doing a last minute sublet of her room in our 2 BR apartment for the summer. The sublet seems a little shady to me, as she is not telling management and is just planning to have the renter pay her directly. Am I naive to think she should tell the apartment complex? She is also very behind in all of the bills (cable/electric/gas), so I'm worried about getting her to pay her share in full before the subletter moves in. Help me sort through the legality of all this to avoid finding myself in a bad situation. Also, talk to me about breaking an apartment lease.
posted by DayTripper to Human Relations (26 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
This issue has many layers, but I want to focus on the urgent and/or possibly illegal ones.
The bills thing has been giving me a ton of stress for several months now. I write down the exact amount she owes each month, remind her constantly, send texts, etc., and she simply does not pay. Or, she pays once every ~3 months, but even then not usually the entirety of what she owes. It's hard for me to even keep track of which part is her responsibility after it rolls over into the next month and I factor in late fees. We had a conversation about this and it did not get better. The bills are either in both of our names or just my name. I'm worried it will affect my credit. I assume management doesn't care about this, but is there NOTHING that can be done?
It's a 3 month sublease and she found someone online. She had her "friend's dad who's a lawyer" help her create a makeshift contract on MS Word, stating the terms of the sublease. Is this a legally binding contract? She quoted a higher price to the subletter and was planning on pocketing the difference. We had an argument about that and she decided to tell the subletter the real price (I think to placate me, for fear of me telling management her plans). Is it normal/common to do a sublease like this? Why is she avoiding doing it legally? Who's responsibility is it if the subletter does not pay?
3) Getting out of lease-
My lease isn't up until October, but ideally I would like to break ties with this person and move on w/ my life sooner. How do you get out of an apartment lease in NYC (Brooklyn)? My super is very unresponsive and has a terrible attitude. I can't think of ONE time he has helped or even been respectful towards me. I'm not even sure who owns the building because the company we signed our lease through is different from the one we send our rent checks to. We had laundry in the basement, but there has been a giant plumbing-related hole in the ground preventing access to the washing machines. I texted my super asking when it would be fixed, and he said he didn't know. Is there any way I could use my issues with the super, the laundry situation, and/or the non-payment of bills as leverage to get out of my lease? Is it bad for your credit to end an apartment lease?
Please help me. I'm so stressed and I'm feeling backed into a corner here.