Roommate owes me money. What do I do?
April 17, 2008 2:04 PM Subscribe
My roommate owes me $500 in bills and will likely owe twice as much until our lease is up. I need the money. What do I do?
posted by bondgirl53001 to Work & Money (24 answers total)
My roommate has paid his half of the rent every month but has not paid any bills since we moved in last year, because he was unemployed and strapped for cash. I stupidly said he could pay me when he had the money.
About two months after he got a job, I mentioned the money he owes me and how it'd be nice if he paid his half of our bills. He moaned something about student loans and said he would pay me back when he could. Fair enough. I mentioned it again weeks later -- same answer.
It's been a while and I'm looking to make a large investment. He now owes me about $500 in bills and this sum will grow (unrelated, but noteworthy -- I don't watch TV and he does constantly. I am currently funding his videogame and digital cable addiction).
I never got it in writing that he would pay his half of the bills. I had assumed stupidly that it was a given. The only proof I have is....the bills.
What do I do? And -- this is a big if but I am covering all my options -- if he never pays me, can legal action be taken?
For the record, we are cordial but we are not friends. I would not accept giving up $500-$1,000 just to have him like me.