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Can I "evict" my roommate?

So here's the deal: my roommate doesn't pay rent on time, so I'm always covering her share of the rent. We only pay with one check so basically, I pay the rent and she pays me back at will.[ I've asked her every month to please please make sure she has the money before she goes shopping or out to restaurants and bars but she never does.

Can I "evict" her by telling the landlord that she never pays on time or is this something that we just have to do on our own.l It's just so annoying for me and i really can't afford to pay her share. HHelp!
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I own properties and have a property manager, so I will be writing from this point of view. First off, what you should do is start paying rent separately. It will totally be accepted with a short phone call saying 'hey, I'm going to pay my rent and my roommate will pay hers' (unless your landlord is a douche, which some are). Secondly, you cannot evict your roommate, nor would I necessarily evict a tenant solely because they were 3-5 days late on their payment. I hate it when tenants pay late because I still have mortgage, insurance, property manager fees, and tax payments that I do not get a chance to 'pay late'. Eviction usually takes 3-6 months, so only under situations such as not paying or causing a thousand in damages or having the cops called on them several times would I evict someone. I have evicted two people for not paying...ever. It does hurt credit scores to not pay rent on time if your landlord is a douche.

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I've been in a similar situation where my roommate was unable to make payments, but I don't think you can make your landlord evict you. When you have a joint lease, I'm pretty sure that you are just responsible for the whole thing.

Things you can do is talk to your property manager about getting out of your lease, even if you have to pay a fee, it would be worth it. Or, maybe you can make your roommate sublet her spot (again, with the landlords' permission) by talking to her about how you can't afford to pay her share anymore and don't want to ruin both of your credits.

This is an awful situation sorry to hear!

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