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Old 10-19-2014, 12:58 PM
 
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About two and a half months ago, my roommate asked if her boyfriend could stay with us while he searched for a place of his own. After initially agreeing, I changed my mind. I told her that I was not okay with anyone living with us for any amount of time. After some fighting, she agreed that he would not move in. Fast forward four weeks ago, she asked again. I told her no, but that he could stay with us once he signed a lease of his own. I insisted that he needed to have a lease signed before he came over.

He has now been living with us for almost four weeks, and shows no sign of moving. I asked her if he had his own place yet, to which she replied "no". She also insisted that he will not pay rent since he is sleeping in her room. He has not contributed towards utilities either. Finally, she said "he will move out once he has enough money." I've tried talking to her about this twice now, and she still insists that a) he is staying indefinitely b) he is not going to contribute financially.

What are my legal options? I can't stand it any longer and was opposed to this from the beginning.
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Old 10-19-2014, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Check your lease to see if you are allowed to have "visitors" for this period of time. If not allowed, notify the landlord. He should give him notice to immediately vacate. After that, it might be a trespassing issue.
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Old 10-19-2014, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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If you jointly signed the lease, I believe both of you can be held legally responsible for anything that violates the terms of the lease. See:

Renting a House or Apartment With Roommates | Nolo.com

If it were me, I'd first go to the landlord and explain everything, especially that you had insisted that the boyfriend have his own signed lease before he stayed over and that your roommate violated your verbal agreement by letting him move in. I'd also talk to a lawyer about your legal options ... you might also find some suggestions here:

Illinois Legal Aid | Helping Illinois Residents Solve their Legal Problems
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