Help me collect rent!
March 12, 2008 7:43 AM Subscribe
So it's the 12th. One of my roommates still hasn't paid rent and is avoiding all contact with us. What's the best way to handle this? (more inside)
Backstory: My roommate of 2.5 years and I moved into a new house with 2 other guys in December. The new roommates have been great. However, for some reason, my once-steady roommate has become unreliable. He bounced his January rent check, then paid me in cash a week later and paid his Feb rent on time. Didn't pay March rent and said he didn't have the money when I asked him. Asked him for it again on Sunday and he said he still didn't have it and would have to work something out. He's ignored all other attempts to contact him since then and I haven't seen him (I usually try to contact him once per day).
I covered his March rent; I write a check to the PM and the roommates give me their share. We are concerned that I'm not going to get my money back and he won't pay future rent. Ideally we'd like to keep him as a (paying) roommate, especially since we have no prospects that we could potentially replace him with anyway. I don't think he'd mind leaving though.
Additional info: He is kind of a baby, we need to coddle him a little bit so any kind of harsh contact with him would probably shut him down. He is also going away on a trip in 10 days, so are we out of line asking for next month's rent before he goes (assuming he pays us for march)?
Also: I understand that he's only 12 days late and has been, overall, reliable over the last couple years, but stuff with this kid seems to spiral out of his control pretty quickly (schooling, personal life, etc). We are worried for him but we also want his money.
We are in TN and everybody is on the lease.
How would you deal with this?