Posted by TenantNet on February 07, 2002 at 02:42:30:
In Reply to: Roommate horror story posted by vexed and perplexed on February 06, 2002 at 21:12:03:
Sorry you had a bad experience, but you've been getting bad advice from 'me again' who knows he is trolling. A roommate is a 'licensee' but it does carry certain responsibilities on your part. One of those is not to overcharge (that's in general and we're not suggesting you were). But enough tenants do that making it a real problem. DHCR recently added amendments to the RSC allowing the landlord to go after tenants who were profiteering on the backs of their roommates. Even though it is a problem, we think it's a bad amendment -- and not applicable in your case as it's the roommate who is complaining here, not the landlord. You need to answer the DHCR complaint and submit examples of your signature from various items -- Drivers license and other documents that you have on file (white out personal information), but documents that you created prior to the complaint and which are not self serving. Maybe you can submit your bank book showing deposits for the period -- which presumably would show legitimate deposits and the one month she did pay, but not the four months. Yes, you can hire a handwriting expert and no, you shouldn't have to do so. But you're in a classic he said/she said situation.
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