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ASKING A LANDLORD TO EVICT A ROOMMATE

In the course of your time renting alongside others who share an apartment, duplex, townhome or other living space with you, you will probably have more than a few minor disagreements. While benign differences are expected among roommates, there are certain scenarios that may cause you to question whether a spat has escalated beyond the point that you and your roommate can resolve it without outside mediation. For that matter, if you have two or more roommates, you may find that there is rotating roll of household mediator that is taken up by whichever party is not involved in a current disagreement.

While individual temperaments and personal preferences regarding living situation will calculate into what kind of experience you have with your fellow tenants, you will find that most problems that arise can be handled within the walls of your rental property. This means that you will not need to involve your landlord or property management team, even when you and a roommate have a rather strong disagreement. You may, of course, ask a landlord to confirm a detail of a lease agreement if a related misunderstanding is at the heart of heated debate between you and another tenant. A rarer situation still, one that you will hopefully never encounter, is when a certain circumstance has grown bad enough that you want to request that you landlord evict a roommate.

Considerations of This Request

Keep in mind that, in asking your landlord to evict someone, you are essentially asking that he or she end a lease arrangement that is financially profitable, and one that involves a legal agreement that probably specifies length of tenancy. As you can see, making a request of this magnitude is a serious manner. If you care to maintain good favor in the eyes of your landlord, perhaps with eye toward counting on him or her for an eventual reference after you move away, make absolutely certain that you do not make this request casually. A tenant does not have the right to request that another be evicted when the problem at hand is one of personality conflict, for instance.

There are circumstances unrelated to a difference of personalities in which you are not only within your rights to report a roommate's behavior, but when any landlord would probably prefer that you do so. These are circumstances in which important points of the lease are being flagrantly broken. This principle can have a variety of manifestations. For example, if your building has a strict "no pets" policy and one of your roommates is ignoring the stipulation by bringing cats or dogs into the apartment, this may potentially be grounds for a roommate being asked to leave. What you may consider prior to reporting your roommate's unacceptable behavior, however, is simply requesting that that he or she stop breaking the lease agreement, as it makes you uncomfortable (or stirs your pet allergies, whatever the case may be).

Asking a landlord to evict a roommate normally does not need to be approached as a direct request. What is meant by this is that if there has been repeated lease-breaking behavior on the part of a roommate, behavior that warrants reporting in your eyes, you can simply tell your landlord what is happening in a straightforward manner. As the landlord is the owner of the property, it will be up to him or her to determine the proper response to an ignored lease stipulation. If you have an objective complaint against a roommate, reporting the behavior should prove sufficient.

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