How To Evict A Roommate

Sharing expenses with a roommate can be a great way to make ends meet, but sometimes things don’t work out. When roommates disagree, the atmosphere can quickly become strained. In extreme cases harassment and violence may occur. To avoid a worsening situation, it may make sense to evict your roommate.

Talk it Out

Making a verbal request can be the simplest, easiest way of resolving the situation. You may only have to ask your roommate to leave, and they may be happy to comply. If the two of you can see eye to eye, then your problem is solved.

When Asking Doesn’t Work

Sometimes roommates can’t seem to agree on anything. In situations like this, it makes sense to do some legal research. Find a copy of your lease or rental agreement and review it carefully. If both you and your roommate are named as tenants, you may be out of luck. You generally cannot evict your roommate and must wait until the end of your lease to make other arrangements. Should your roommate be subleasing from you, you can take further steps to evict them.

Review the Law

Each state writes landlord/tenant laws, and many of them may apply to your situation. Look for eviction information to make certain that you’re acting in accordance with the laws for your jurisdiction. While you’re looking at the pertinent laws, see if you can find a sample eviction notice that is suitable for your state. You’ll need it to formally start the eviction process.

Serve the Eviction Notice

State laws vary on how an eviction notice may be served. You may be able to tape it to their door. In other places, you must physically hand the eviction notice to your roommate. The notice will inform your roommate of how long they have to leave the premises. Thirty days is a typical time period. Moreover, it’s important for the eviction notice to include the reasons for the eviction, such as failure to pay the rent. Be sure to keep a copy of the notice for your own records in case you must take the matter to court.

Allow the Time Period to Expire

If your roommate moves out, there’s no need for further action. If they don’t, you may need to contact the police to have your roommate removed. They may be charged with criminal trespassing if they refuse to leave.

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