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Violent/Threatening Roommate

Discussion in 'Other Residential Landlord & Tenant Issues' started by Joy Ge, Jul 28, 2022.

  1. Joy Ge

    Joy Ge Law Topic Starter New Member

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    My husband and I recently (about 2 months ago) moved into a house with a man who said he owned the home. He didn’t charge us rent as he said he had no rent payments, and he wanted to help us get back on our feet. My husband has done thousands of dollars worth of work on the land and around the house as a sort of work trade to earn our keep, and we pay toward bills. Recently, we discovered that he does not own the home, isn’t on a lease, and that he’s lied to us about many things that I won’t go into right now.



    Over the past couple of weeks, this person has become increasingly hostile, violent, threatening, and has displayed mental behavior that is gravely concerning.



    He has threatened to kill my husband and I. He has been abusive toward our dog, and she went missing while he was home. She was gone for three days before some random people returned her (the story was very fishy and she was returned after I talked about taking legal action). He has made false police reports. He has cut off the electricity to only our room after we paid the electric bill, and has locked the breaker box without giving us access to the key. He went out of town today, called the water department, told them we are squatters and instructed them to turn the water off (they didn’t). He has restricted our access to the mail box and held our mail without our consent. He has made lewd sexual comments toward both my husband and I verbally and in text. He has sent incessant texts/called us an inappropriate number of times and yelled at us to “answer our phones!” in voicemails and in person. He has opened our bedroom door both unannounced and when we told him not to, and walked in on me while I was nude/dressing on multiple occasions. He has left the bathroom open so that he could be seen while engaging in sexual activity (knowing this is unwanted). He has threatened to call the police and lie to them to get us in trouble. He has placed padlocks on the front and back doors and laundry room without giving us the key, and he would lock us out if he saw us exiting. He changed the locks to the front and back doors. He has followed us around the house, tried to provoke us, antagonize us, and has used any means possible to frighten us.



    I attempted to talk to the police about this. He used to be a volunteer firefighter in town and knows a couple of the officers in this area. We were told that because he is a resident here he’s within his rights, despite the many laws he’s broken, both civilly and criminally.



    He is currently out of town. We want to get an emergency protective order so that he’s not able to stay the residence anymore but when I called the DA’s office I was told we couldn’t because he’s not our family member, even though, from what I understand, because we have lived in the same dwelling, we are technically a part of the same household and thus do qualify for a protective order.



    Other pertinent details: this person is not on a lease. The owner of the house does not want him here but has allowed him to stay for reasons I won’t go into now. We don’t know the owner but are supposed to speak with him in the next day or two, and he currently is okay with our presence in the house. We are not on a lease, beyond a verbal agreement we made with the roommate. We are in Kaufman County, Texas.
     
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  2. Zigner

    Zigner Well-Known Member

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    Sounds to me like you ought to move.
     
  3. PayrollHRGuy

    PayrollHRGuy Well-Known Member

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    Oh good lord!!! Just move.
     
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  4. zddoodah

    zddoodah Well-Known Member

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    You attempted to talk to the police? Or you actually did talk to the police.

    In any event, I didn't see a question in your very long post. If the police won't take action, then you can seek a restraining order. You also ought to talk with the owner of the property to see if you can ascertain if the man is living there with the owner's permission and whether you can make an agreement with the owner. All the while, you should be preparing yourselves to move.
     
  5. adjusterjack

    adjusterjack Super Moderator

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    Leave.

    LEAVE.

    LEAVE!

    Getting the picture, yet?
     
  6. army judge

    army judge Super Moderator

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  7. Red Kayak

    Red Kayak Well-Known Member

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    Leave.

    You don't have the owner's permission to be there.

    Leave, leave, LEAVE.

    The owner doesn't want him there, why would the owner want YOU there?

    Just make like a tree and L-E-A-V-E.
     
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  8. adjusterjack

    adjusterjack Super Moderator

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    You just slip out the back, Jack
    Make a new plan, Stan
    You don't need to be coy, Roy
    Just get yourself free
    Hop on the bus, Gus
    You don't need to discuss much
    Just drop off the key, Lee
    And get yourself free

    (Credit goes to Simon and Garfunkel)
     
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  9. Zigner

    Zigner Well-Known Member

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    Nope, just Paul Simon.

    I understand that Wikipedia isn't normally appropriate as a citation, but I think it's adequate here: 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover - Wikipedia
     
  10. justblue

    justblue Well-Known Member

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    Legend has it Paul wrote that song to teach his young son about rhyming.
     
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  11. army judge

    army judge Super Moderator

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    For the unfamiliar amongst us:




     
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  12. Zigner

    Zigner Well-Known Member

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    Unfamiliar amongst us? GASP!
     
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    justblue Well-Known Member

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    Some of the youngsters weren't schooled in the classics. ;)
     
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    I think it's pretty well understood that Art Garfunkel's songwriting contributions were limited to "Jack" and "Squat" (actually, there was one song on Bookends, but virtually no one has ever heard of it), so I think Wikipedia is ok in this instance. Nonetheless, I suspect Jack's intent was to give credit to the performer, not the writer.
     
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    As far as I'm concerned, it taught me, too.
     
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  16. cynthiag

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    Even if the intent was to give credit to the performer, that would still be just Paul Simon - the song is from his fourth solo album so Art Garfunkel didn't have anything to do with it at all.
     
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