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My roommate is unable or unwilling to pay rent on time

I live with a friend of a not-close friend and he has missed rent the past 2 months. My landlord is threatening eviction and I can't cover his half of the rent. The way we pay is by each of us submitting checks to the landlord, so they know that it's his check that is bouncing.

What happens if we get evicted b/c he can't pay his rent? Does that ruin my credit? Would our landlord be able to just evict him?
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James Peterson
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Put their cloths on the porch and get someone else.

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Dana Thompson
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Clearly this puts you both in a pickle. Landlord can't evict one person and not the other. A really good conversation needs to be had about having your roomie either move-out, and find a quick replacement - or that he needs to come up with funds somehow, some-way. Parents/friends/loans, etc...

Unfortunately, your plan B would be to talk about this with the landlord. The eviction could harm your future chances of renting elsewhere, and he may or may not be sympathetic to your situation. If you are both on the lease, you could try and see if finding a new tenant altogether would appease the landlord in subletting or breaking your lease and voluntarily handing in the keys. This could save the hassle of going to court and filing and he could appreciate your earnesty and not go after you in the future for lost rent, but this really could depend on the landlord. If it's an apartment community - it's not likely since it's very clear that they need to treat everyone and every lease the same. (Fair Housing)

~dana

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Did you sign separate leases? As a landlord, I have had a situation where a property manager put 2 strangers together in one unit. Each signed there own lease and only one was evicted. If I were you, I'd sit down with the landlord. He may have personal experience with your situation. Ask him or her what they would like you to do. It's not easy finding good tenants and you sound like one. If you live close to Monrovia and things don't work out, I have a 2 bedroom condo that needs a good tenant. I'll check back here next week.

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If you get an eviction, you will have an eviction on your credit record, and a civil judgement would be issued against. No landlord would consider renting to you. You will have to evict your roomate, by following procedures.

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Patrick Anderson
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Whose name is on the lease? If it's just yours I'd cover his part no matter what, take his butt to small claims for what you covered, and then take him to small claims to recover the remainder until the lease ends. Depending the outcome, you may not be able to make him pay but the courts can. But this way it covers you name from being screwed over with the present landlord. You do not want an EVICTION.

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