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ExRommate Moved Out, won't remove from Lease or return keys

Discussion in 'Roomate & Joint Leases' started by GoBraves10, Jan 23, 2019.

  1. GoBraves10

    GoBraves10 Law Topic Starter New Member

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    Hi, so my ex-girlfriend just recently moved out of the apt. She tried committing suicide. She went to a facility for about a week and got out. When she got out, her and her family came to the apt to move all her belongings back to their home. They were very harsh, which I understand. Tough thing to cope with. But I had asked for them to leave me the key. They said they would return it to the landlord. Well shortly after that, she got sent back to a facility. She's out again and I check with the landlord and he has not received any keys. I'm worried she or her family can feel like they can come over and let themselves in whenever they please (most likely while I'm at work during the day). Her name is on the lease, but I've paid 100% of all rent and utilities since we moved in, and NONE of her belongings are at the apt. They even told me when they were done that they got everything.

    Can she legally enter the apt anytime she wants?

    In order to leave the facility, she had to give them a stable home address and she gave them her parents address, not the apt.
     
  2. army judge

    army judge Super Moderator

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    Yes, her legal rights to access the apartment are equal to yours.

    If you pay the rent, and she doesn't, has nothing to do with her rights to access or live in the apartment.

    Her family members have no legal right to enter, use, or access the apartment.
    If her mammy, pappy, sissy, granny, or anyone enters your apartment; I suggest you call the police.

    None of the aforementioned have any legal right to enter into or upon the premises you rent.

    If you want her off the lease, you begin by discussing the matter with your landlord.

    However, just because you ask, doesn't mean the landlord must agree.

    In all likelihood, you're stuck with the mentally troubled woman a sa roommate until the lease expires.

    Once the lease expires, you can renew in YOUR name only!
     
  3. GoBraves10

    GoBraves10 Law Topic Starter New Member

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    Thank you for the information. Luckily, I'm not stuck with her as a "roommate" as she lives/sleeps at her parents house now, I just don't feel safe after I leave the apt. Once its up, I'm out and to another place.
    Not that it would get to this point, but she's also legally responsible for half the rent? Correct?
     
  4. army judge

    army judge Super Moderator

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    Yes.

    The problem for you is that if she doesn't pay, you pay in full, or risk eviction.

    I doubt that you'll collect a dime from a woman troubled by a variety of mental illnesses.

    I suggest you stay as far away from any troubled man or woman, if you don't wish to have your life disrupted.

    You can discuss with your landlord about paying for him to change the lock.

    You could describe your concerns, but as long as the woman has all of her possessions, I doubt that she'll return.

    If she does, that opens another can of worms.

    In the future, don't ever have a roommate.

    Adult roommates rarely work well, as evidenced by our perennial 50% divorce rate all across the USA.
     
  5. zddoodah

    zddoodah Well-Known Member

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    Yes. Legally, she's still a tenant.

    Correct.
     
  6. Disabled Vet

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    Have the landlord change the locks...
     

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