Posted by Rachel on August 12, 2001 at 00:22:18:
In Reply to: LL won't allow roommate..is their reason legitimate? posted by wayne on August 11, 2001 at 20:41:17:
This is probably not the best advice so don't take it to heart too much but it is a strategy to use on a "my way or the highway" private house landlady.
Tell her she knew you couldn't afford the rent without a roomate and from now on you can only give her half. If she wants the whole rent she will have to acquiesce and let you have a roomate to help you pay the expenses. She will then give YOU 30 days notice to leave and you can leave anytime within that 30 days. She may come after you later for the rent owed but at least you can buy time. IN the meantime there is nothing that says you can't move most of your belongings out of the apartment anyway, if you show up at the house every day for 30 consecutive days she can't say you abandoned the apartment and you still get squatters rights if you need more time.
As for your security, you may not get it back, but if she tries to take you to court for the remaining rent money, you can say that because she kept your security deposit, she was compensated for her monetary loss.
I am not sure how legal this is. It is certainly conniving, but then again, so is your landlord, at least based on what you posted.
I think the tenant is not required by law to give the landlord 30 days notice but if it is not an "absolute right" and your landlord convinced you to sign something waiving your right to leave without 30 days notice, you may have screwed yourself.
Now she's pissed off at you, so get her to evict you. If you are given a 30 day notice to terminate from your landlord and you leave the day after you get it, she can't say you broke your agreement with her, and the best way to piss her off so she'll ask you to get out is to hit her in the pocketbook. Cruel but true.
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