Posted by TenantNet on August 31, 1998 at 20:50:43:
In Reply to: Re: How much notice to give a roommate??? posted by SANTA on August 31, 1998 at 20:17:27:
Dear Mr. Santa,
We've been lying low on the message board catching up in other areas, but
we still read every message that's posted. We encourage discussion between
tenants, and we appreciate your interest. But there's a few things we'd like
to mention. It would help if you used some other name than 'Santa' as that
cheapens the credibility of your message. Many people use their real email
address. While not required (unless we insist), again, it helps. There are
two things on modern keyboards that help in communication: a shift key and
a caps lock key. Your use of all caps is so annoying, I've often felt like
killing your responses. (Maybe because your I.P. address indicates you're
on AOL, that explains it.) Please try to write in complete sentences, not
phrases followed by a long line of exclamation points. You told some people
to call the AG's office for their booklet. Did you even happen to
look on the web site to discover it's there?
As for the substance of your message, you are wrong and if this tenant
follows your advice, she is open to criminal charges. Read the illegal
eviction law (also on the web site) and roommates are covered by this.
A roommate is a licensee and the prime tenant must give proper notice
he/she is revoking the license (permission). Thereafter, like any
landlord, the tenant may commence a licensee proceeding in civil court
to evict the roommate. Not very encouraging for the tenant, but that's
the law. If the tenant were to simply change the locks as you suggest,
the roommate could file criminal charges against the tenant. As for the
first of the month deal, we thing that won't hold unless it's
memorialized in a lease or agreement.
Again, thanks for your interest (seriously) in the message board, but
please, this isn't a sports forum where people's opinions are just
that. Some people will operate on what you say and could end up with
real propblems. Try to be a bit more subdued and thoughtful.
: A ROOMMATE IS NOT ENTITLED TO ANY NOTICE IF YOU CHOOSE NOT TO GIVE ANY. HOWEVER 30 DAYS IS THE DECENT THING TO DO... SEND HER A NOTICE TO VACATE WITHIN 30 DAYS VIA CERTIFIED MAIL...AFTER THE 30 DAYS, CHANGE THE LOCKS ON THE DOOR AND MAKE ARRANGEMENTS WITH HER TO GET HER THINGS IF SHE DID NOT LEAVE BY THEN...
: IF SHE REFUSES TO LEAVE THEN CALL THE POLICE...SHE HAS " NO RIGHTS" AT ALL TO STAY IN THE APT AND IS THERE AT YOUR PLEASURE.... THERE ARE NO ROOMMATE LAWS THAT COVER THIS SITUATION IT IS A MATTER OF SIMPLE CIVIL LAW....
: AS FAR AS A ROOMMATE AND A LANDLORD ARE CONCERNED...YOU ARE UNDER NO OBLIGATION TO VOLUNTEER THAT YOU HAVE A ROOMMATE TO THE LANDLORD. HOWEVER, IF THE LANDLORD ASKS ABOUT ANY ROOMMATE ALL YOU ARE REQUIRED TO DO IS GIVE THEIR NAME PERIOD. THEY HAVE ALL THE RIGHTS TO COME AND GO FROM THE APT WITHOUT ANY HASSLE FROM ANY LANDLORD OR SUPER ETC...
: ANY COMPLAINTS ABOUT HEAT, HOT WATER ETC SHOULD BE MADE BY YOU AND NOT THE ROOMMATE EXCEPT FOR AN EMERGENCY SITUATION.......
: THE FIANCE MIGHT BE ABLE TO SIGN ON THE LEASE BUT THE LANDLORD CAN REFUSE.... HE RENTED TO YOU AND NOT HIM ETC..... AS LONG AS YOU ARE ON THE LEASE IS ALL THAT MATTERS RIGHT NOW...DON'T GET CRAZY IF HE WON'T LET HIM SIGN....
: GOOD LUCK
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