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can they legally do this?

scenario: you have 2 roommates. can one of the roommates just randomly CHANGE how much money they pay per month on the bills?
i know the landlord doesnt care where the $ comes just as long as they are getting the money. thats not what im asking though...

im only asking if LEGALLY a roommate can change/demand to pay a different amount than you all agreed to already?

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:26 PM on Dec. 29, 2008 in Relationships

Answers (9)
  • If you do not have a written contract with the landlord or your roommates, then yes, they can do what they please. Are you on the rental contract as well? If so, that means that you can also refuse to pay the extra amount, and your roomates can not kick you out (legally).

    Answer by CarolynBarnett at 10:29 PM on Dec. 29, 2008

  • a verbal agreement is just as good as long as you can prove it was agreed to. like, what does the other roommate say? do they agree that you all 3 agreed on an amount? they cant make you pay any more than the agreement, or any less for that matter.

    Answer by KelsoBabeyy at 10:38 PM on Dec. 29, 2008

  • thats just rude and morally wrong
    if three people agree to pay 200 a month in rent and all of the sudden one decides they only wanna pay 100, sorry man your butt is out the door. make em pay up or find a new room mate. most land lords wont find it acceptable behavior for rent being late due to a disagreement between roommates

    i shared a lease for a 3 brd place with my best friend and we brought in a 3rd roommate since we had the space. she ended up paying her share late and we had to cover for her, we gave her 30 days to find a new place to live

    if all of you are on the lease i would definitely talk to you LL in private to see if you can get them removed from the building so you can keep yourselves from all getting evicted. if this person isnt on the lease give them an ultimatum

    Answer by learae at 10:43 PM on Dec. 29, 2008

  • Rent has to be divided equally between all residents. Any court will see it that way. They only thing is you need to make sure they are all on the rental agreement. Otherwise they can say they don't "really" live there. In that case, all you need to prove residency is if they have mail coming there. If they are not on the rental agreement, the landlord won't help you with this.

    Answer by hopelessnance at 10:49 PM on Dec. 29, 2008

  • Sorry ladies-if it isn't in writing it is not legally binding. If u go into court the judge will ask u where is the written agreement, if u do not have one he/she may tsk tsk your friend but their hands are tied. as far as not paying rent, you could trythat but like u said the landlord doesn't care about how it's paid as long as it is paid and if he is not paid-u all go. sorry you trusted the wrong people.:0(

    Answer by Bearsjen at 11:07 PM on Dec. 29, 2008

  • Sounds like you need another roomate. I wouldn't live with someone that I couldn't trust to hold up their end of the bargain (eventually it can come back to bite you with you being evicted from the apartment. Next time have a written agreement between the roomates and even the landlord.

    Answer by gwood at 11:30 PM on Dec. 29, 2008

  • No. The only way that a roommate can change the amount agreed upon is if you move another person into the house.

    Answer by micrespo at 12:01 AM on Dec. 30, 2008

  • yes verbal agreements are recognized in some states. You should check what your state statute is regarding it. Just to cover all bases I'd negotiate the amount and write a lease and get all parties to sign it.

    Answer by admckenzie at 12:05 AM on Dec. 30, 2008

  • Verbal agreements are recognized in several states but it's always best to have a written contract. Most courts however will see that if it's three people living in one house and all names are on the bills then it should be split three ways evenly. If the third room mate can't pay their fare share it's time to take away their access to things or ask them to leave.

    Answer by bubblycute at 12:17 AM on Dec. 30, 2008

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