Posted by TenantNet on November 26, 1998 at 05:33:31:
In Reply to: Help! My roommates wants to kick me out. posted by Jane on November 25, 1998 at 23:22:10:
: Hi. I am renting the master's bedroom from my roommate, who signed
: the lease with the rental office.
: She promised me that I can live until 05/99 but now she wants me out
: by 12/98. I am crazy because I have my finals now and I have no time to
: look for an apartment. The problem is that I only had an oral agreement
: with her...no lease. What should I do? She even refuses to give back
: my 1.5 month deposit! Is there a way I can at least get my deposit back?
: Please help!
: PS. I live in Newport, Jersey City, NJ and my check is payable
: to the rental office each month--never late. I keep the checks for utility
: and cable TV, too.
Can't speak for NJ law, but if you pay directly to the management, you
could try to claim you now have a landlord-tenant relationship. But this
can get tricky. The tenant of record cannot just lock you out. She must
take you to court like any landlord. You are a licensee and she must formally
revoke that license. To get back your security, some tenants just don't
pay the last month's rent, but we caution that isn't right if there are
damages. Remember the roommmate is a tenant too. It may take her some time
do do it properly. See if she'll give you a month extension past your
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