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my roommate moved out without notice

Discussion in 'Roomate & Joint Leases' started by Christie Ragland, Nov 16, 2015.

  1. Christie Ragland

    Christie Ragland Law Topic Starter New Member

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    I allowed a family member to come stay with me . There were always issues with her money or job so she has not paid me any rent or utilities this year. In September she left to go on vacation and had not returned. When I asked if she moved out she said she was only staying for a few days. She end up moving in with someone else and did not notify me. I asked the person to pick their things up due to them not being there for 2 months . Each time she said it was issues with her car. I wanted them gone so I packed everything and took them to her along with a police escort . The person keeps texting me stating I should not have touched their things and accusing Me of taking items which I haven't. She accused me of having a bed that belonged to her so I obliged and decided I would give bed to her . It was given to us and I want to be done with it. I sent the person a email Saturday informing them that they can have the bed, she has 5 days to pick it up. The person still wants to start drama and say I should not have touched her things and she is sending me a certified letter to return all her things . Anyhow I sent a certified letter this morning which is basically the email that was sent advising the person to pick up furniture within 7 days it it will be disposed . The person is also lying about when they left to save them time stating they left on the 26th of October and I have to issue eviction . First , I have spoken to her roommate who can vouch that she has lived there during that time frame and I have other people that can attest to it. Secondly the property has been here over 60 days and she has not attempted to retrieve it, just basically using me as a storage facility . Not to mention she hasn't paid me rent all year . How do I handle this ?
     
  2. army judge

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    If she sues you, you counter-sue her for back rent, and unpaid utilities, and whatever else she is alleged to owe you.

    Be sure to have PROOF, not just assertions.

    Otherwise, I'd let this idiot slither away.

    In the future, don't take in any roommates, because yoru experience is generally what happens.

    By removing her junk using SELF HELP, you may have inadvertently ILLEGALLY evicted her.

    Only a judge can make that call, after a trial.

    Be prepared for her to start howling, because you can't do what you did, if the deadbeat isn't dumb as a rock.
     
  3. Christie Ragland

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    Unfortunately we don't have a written agreement ,only oral but I have several witnesses that will attest that she lived there in addition to her not living with me during the time frame. I don't want to she her but if she continues with this I will be forced . If she doesn't pick up the property within the time frame do I send another certified letter?
     
  4. Christie Ragland

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    The cop also told me that if she left voluntarily I don't have to evict her. I only took it to her because after I kept asking her after a few weeks she kept giving me excuses. If I go to court can I supoena her roommate and other witnesses.
     
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    Cops shouldn't practice law anymore than lawyers should engage in law enforcement.

    Most cops would simply say your problem is a civil matter and advise you to see a lawyer, or take it to court.

    You can certainly ask the court to issue a summons to require anyone you want to appear before the court to testify about matters relevant to the issue at trial.
     
  6. Christie Ragland

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    So do I have to evict someone that has not lived at my residence for 2 months if they moved out and moved on with someone else ?
     
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    You don't HAVE to evict anyone.
    If you're happy with the status quo, leave it be.
     
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    Hello. Just a follow up . What if she doesn't sign for the certified letter? It was exactly what I had sent her via email 2 days before in which she replied.
     
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    That very often happens, in fact, I never pick up any certified or registered letters.

    Then you'd have to have her served personally by a process server, or send it via UPS or FedEx as an inconspicuous package or letter.


    Why?


    Because you still receive a signature and POD.
     

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