Posted by Blue Zephyr on February 06, 2002 at 23:52:13:
In Reply to: Re: Roommate horror story posted by vexed on February 06, 2002 at 23:29:47:
Take heed of what "me again" writes. Whether you realized it or not,(and apparently you have not) when you agreed to take on a "roommate", you became a landlord. And in the future, if you ever think of taking on a paying roommate to help defry your expenses, you need to think like a landlord. This means checking references. Calling their previous housing provider. Verifying they have a job. Collecting a security deposit. Having them sign a roommate agreement. And yes, clearing all this with your current landlord and complying with the laws, particularly if you are rent stabilized.
To answer your question, the only way to respond to lies is with the truth. And that is exactly what you do. Yes, it is a pain to have to defend yourself against this. But the truth always wins out over lies. And, when her lies are confronted by your truth in a public forum, you will get the pleasure of seeing this liar go crawling away. Best wishes.
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