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Anonymous asked in Business & FinanceRenting & Real Estate · 3 months ago

If our apartment wants to evict us due to our roommate's actions, what are our options?

I'll try to make this as short as possible. Moved in with a roommate and everything was fine for I would say the first four months. Her room would get dirty, but it was never out of control. 

These past couple of months its been the opposite. Her room is a disaster and a health hazard. She allows her dog to poop everywhere in her room and she doesn't pick it up for weeks until we say something. The smell is everywhere in the apartment and anytime we do say something, she always attacks us about it. There's absolutely no way we could rent out her room to someone else due to its condition and we can't afford the lease break fee. 

We plan on putting in an anynomous email to our apartment manager but are worried about the repurcussions. We obviously want this taken care of but we are worried about them evicting us. We don't want it to reflect poorly on our credit because of her actions. 

I understand the "you picked her" arguments but like I said, she was perfect in the beginning and then it all went downhill and we've genuinely felt stuck in this situation ever since.

So should they choose to evict us, what are our options as far as making sure it doesn't affect our credit?

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  • 2 months ago

    Your room mate obviously has some pretty bad mental health issues. Anyone who lives in conditions of daily pet feces and urine in their bedroom needs some serious mental health help. 

    So what if she gets defensive. I would give her verbal reminders all day long to clean up the dog chit and remind her every hour to go walk her dog. I would not let up for a moment. You should not be living in those conditions. That dog deserves better and does not deserve to be abused this way.

    You may be evicted if you write to the landlord. Instead, be brutally diligent in reminding your roommate to clean up after her dog and to walk her dog. Not only that, she is also forcing her dog to live IN that room with all that cap on the floor. 

    I think I would call animal control, not the landllrd. When she is not home, have animal control come over and take that dog away. Problem solved. 

  • 3 months ago

    Informing the landlord is asking to be evicted and all of you will be evicted, because you are both one unit under the lease.  First, do the dog a favor.  Find it another home - a house, not an apartment.  Have people see the dog when the roommate is not home.  When she wonders where her dog it, tell her that she was not looking after the dog - not tending to its needs, so you found it a house to live in and people who will treat it right.  Then, throw her out.  Tell her she has 5 days.  If she leaves, clean it up the mess & stink and find another tenant, that the landlord approves of.  If she won't leave and you cannot get rid of her, the sue her to evict her.  You shouldn't have any problem doing that when you provide the court with photographs of her mess, dog poop all over and a very sad looking dog.  A couple of friends to witness in court that the stench is unbearable from the dog poop should do it, and you should be able to get your costs of having it professionally cleaned up, if you hire someone.  For your own health and sanity, you are going to have to go to war against this person, but it may be what you have to do.   

    Source(s): Certified Paralegal, with 25+ years' experience & with Landlord & Tenant law experience.
  • Embery
    Lv 4
    3 months ago

    That depends, is she not very attractive? If so, just throw her and the dog out in the street, nobody would question you. On the other hand, if she's hot, there really isn't anything you can do, sorry, that's just how it is. Hope that helps.

  • 3 months ago

    Your roommate obviously needs to go--and if you have not been able to get her out yourselves, then you need professional intervention. Don't do the anonymous email--GO TO SEE your apartment manager and tell him or her the story--and ask for help getting rid of her. It's ridiculous--and you feel threatened--and you need someone to help you get her OUT. They should not evict you for this--it's not YOUR fault. Yes, you picked the roommate--but it wasn't like this in the beginning. Maybe she needs mental help--or maybe she just needs to be removed forcibly--but let your manager handle it, if they will. Let the manager know how sorry you are and that you will make every effort to clean up whatever is left after they help to remove her.  The forthright actions you take about this will not reflect badly on you, it will do the opposite. You may have to clean up some dog poop--but it's a small price to pay for the relief you'll feel. 

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  • 3 months ago

    There are a few different issues here:

    1.  If you signed a lease, you are the responsible party. As others have noted, any breach of contract allows the landlord to evict all of you.

    2. Is your roommate on the lease or did you sublet to her?  If she sublet, you can work to evict your roommate yourself and then pay her portion of the rent and hire people to come clean it or pay to replace the carpet, etc.  Even if she is on the lease, you can negotiate with the landlord to remove her from the lease and take over her payments.

    3. Rather than be passive-aggressive, you need to step up and take responsibility.  If you go to the landlord and explain the situation, there is a tiny possibility he/she will work with you to evict your roommate a take the security deposit to fix the damage while allowing you to sign a new lease. 

    4. An eviction doesn't go on your credit score.  Most evictions are for non-payment, which does.  That noted, any background check to rent an apartment will probably lead to hearing about what you allowed to happen and will be a legitimate reason to deny your application. 

    5. You can call the police or social services if you feel you roommate is violent or unstable.  This will start a cascade of things that you won't be able to stop, but if you are being attacked, then you should consider this option.

    6. You also do have the ability to clean up other people's stuff.  You can do the cleaning and take the dog outside.  

  • 3 months ago

    All tenants on the same lease are seen as 1 entity under the law. When a roommate violates the lease then you ALL get evicted.  They will not evict just her unless she is on a seperate lease. 

  • 3 months ago

    They can evict you all.  Nothing you can do about that.  If they evict you, it will hurt you no matter what because it will always be there.  Don't do it anonymous (they'll know it was you anyway).  Go to management and explain and see what they say.  Maybe you can get them just to evict HER.

  • 3 months ago

    common sense tells you that you CANNOT just have animal control come take the dog.  Animal control will want to speak with her to determine if the home was safe for the dog or can be made safe.  you can be CRIMINALLY charged for giving the dog away.

    you do not describe being passive aggressive...passive would be acting like you are okay with the problem...you are not pretending to be okay with it.

    you do NOT really have the ability to enter roommates room and clean up, that is her private space...although since you are all on the same lease, it wouldn't be 'trepass' it would just be rude....roommate is rude for not cleaning up, but 2 rudes don't make a right.

    you  all move and if the landlord takes you to court, you will have a hard time ever renting again...the only way not to affect your credit is to pay....but the court filing will still be on record.

    call local animal control and report an unsafe condition for the dog.

  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    Evictions don't affect your credit score in and of themselves.

    What affects your credit is if you don't pay what you owe on time.

    What are you sending the landlord an anonymous email for?  That seems odd.   Why not just point-blank tell your roommate she's a pig and she needs to clean up her act?

    Being evicted isn't going to cost any less than breaking your lease.  

  • Maxi
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    Really depends on if you all signed the same contract or you are on separate contracts....... if you all signed the same contract if the landlord gives notice/court evicts that means all of you, if you signed separate contracts then report her to the landlord as only she will be given notice/court evicted....... and if you are tenants who are subletting to her then you are her landlord and need to give her notice and then court evict all at your own costs

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