Posted by Lilly on November 27, 2001 at 05:07:07:
Here's a true story: Someone had a "roommate" living in their apartment last summer.
Agreement was for 1/2 the rent plus 10% - the apartment was fully furnished and the rooomate came with only her personal effects. The roommate paid 1/2 month rent (moved in mid-month) + a huge security deposit (equal to 1 1/2 months rent) then never paid another dime. Agreement could be cancelled by either side with 30-days notice(good idea)
After a very short while (10-12 weeks) tenant says OK you aren't paying, you have 30 days to move or I'm gonna take you to court and have you evicted. Hands her the notice, sends another copy by mail. In the interim, landlords construction workers show up to make pre-arranged repairs. Workmen are in the apartment all the time. Roommate freaks out-Roommate is home all day. SO! Tenant ends up not having to go through eviction, because roommate leaves on her own but keeps the keys for another 8 days. finally returns keys, at which time hefty security deposit is returned sans monies for utilities and damage to something in the apartment. Now, a couple-few months later tenant receives from DHCR that roommate claims to have been overcharged, not the amount that's in the agreement(which is sort of OK) but an amount equal to the hefty security deposit, which was 1 1/2 times the rent Roommate offers up as "evidence" bogus rent receipts for 3 or 4 months each with a forged signature of the tenant and a bogus roommate agreement again with a forged signature. Oh, and the roommate works for a major newspaper. Tenant is in her 50's and roommate is in her 20's. Comments? A scam to make money? What am I missing?
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