Lease extension to an awful roommate?
February 23, 2008 11:48 AM Subscribe
Roommatefilter: My roommate/renter has asked for an extension to her lease with only a week's notice; I don't like living with her, but don't have anyone waiting to move in, either.
posted by anonymous to human relations (34 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I rent out the extra bedroom in my condo using a written lease based on a standard Massachusetts template. The term of the current tenant ends Feb 29. The lease allows for conversion to month-to-month at the end of the term with my consent and 30 days written notice. On Feb. 23 she asked if she could stay through the end of March. She is an international student and was originally planning to leave the country at the end of Feb, but has postponed to April to wait for an interview. We are both female and mid/late-20s; I work somewhat more than full-time, and she is completing a part-time internship.
I don't currently have anyone waiting to move in to the room, mainly because this roommate has been driving me crazy since she moved in and I was really looking forward to taking a break for some peace and quiet for a month or two. Briefly, she has no consideration for me (noise, parties, smells, not locking doors, unexpected overnight visitors; waking me up in the middle of the night because she's so drunk she needs help getting into bed without passing out) or my home and possessions (ruining pots and pans, breaking dishes, staining carpets, never cleaning up after herself or replacing or repairing damage). Most of this isn't malicious, as far as I can tell, but just careless; I can put up with it, but it's a big source of stress to spend every day wondering what's going to be broken when I come home. The rent payment is helpful, but I can certainly do without it for several months.
Am I an awful person to kick her out for not following the rules in the lease, making her move when she's only here for a month more and when I was planning to have the room empty? It seems mean to throw her out when she's only going to be in this city for another month; it would be difficult to find another sublet for that term. Or am I a wuss for caving and letting her stay when I was so looking forward to having the house to myself, and when she has blatantly disregarded the terms of the lease? She's the kind of person who's used to getting her way about everything, and I have a perverse urge to break that.
more details at anon.mefi.landlord@gmail, if necessary