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Old 03-10-2014, 12:29 AM
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So I have a roommate, she has become the dark cloud of my days. Last time I call on friends for roommates... Any hoo, so here is my problem, she has breached our verbal contract by not paying her rent on time and not paying the cable bill for last month and this month's. Her reason for the cable bill, she said, is to save money because I had already given her a 30-day notice to move out. So I guess she needs more money for rent for a new apartment. My cable bill is due March 21st which is before I'm evicting her. It wouldn't be a big deal except she has racked up a bunch of charges for movies I have never watched through my cable provider. I told her she needed to pay them before the due date but she refuses says she'll pay me later! By then she will have already moved into her new apartment. So I thought logically, ok, the money she gave me for rent I could take out the cable bill she owes and she can leave sooner, like by the end of this week to balance it out, she doesn't owe me anything and I her. Mind you I have expressed numerous times she needed to add her name to the lease and of course she didn't. This situation is really frustrating because she refuses to leave until she is ready, saying I have to give her the 30-day notice. I guess she would know since she has a family member that practices in this type of law but I just want her gone and out of my life as soon as possible. She paid with cash, but I'm not sure if she has proof of residency here. Heeeeeelp?! Is there anyway to fight back?
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Old 03-10-2014, 07:11 AM
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Originally Posted by Janay87 View Post
Maryland laws for tenants that breach verbal lease...
There is no such thing as a verbal lease. In the absence of a written document of some sort
(that also complies with the basic LL:Tenant law btw) you have a common law "month to month"
tenancy subject to the common and statute laws of the State.

Any hoo, ... sniiiiiiiiiiip!
Sorry not reading the gory details.

Eviction (what you're looking to accomplish) is a legal *process*. Not a single event.

Learn the laws, get assistance to comply with them if needed and then actually conduct yourself
accordingly most notably by doing this "he said - she said" stuff in writing and in sequence.

Maryland Attorney General - Consumer Publications - Landlord and Tenants
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