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post #1 of 8 Old 10-25-2013, 01:50 PM Thread Starter
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ARRGHHH (Roommate problems! need grown up advice!))

I found out a few days ago that our landlord is so fed up with their complaints about the apartment, the neighbors, the everything, that he either wants to lock us in for another two years or end the lease early. My roommate says that after she and her fiancee (my other roommate) get married in february they intend to end the lease ASAP. I haven't gotten any notice from the landlord himself, this is all coming from my roommate. The fiancee is the lease owner, so I know i'm not legally obligated to anything and ultimately it's his decision whether or not they move out.

the problem is, our relationship has taken some hits since we moved in and while we are fine for right now, I am not sure if she is trying to trick me into moving out or if she's serious. I can't afford to live on my own, I have moved 4 times in the last 3 years and I actually LIKE where I live right now. I want to negotiate with my landlord and see if he is willing to transfer the lease to my name and find new roommates if I sign for two more years like he seems to want. I like my odds, I've been unseen and unheard since the day I moved in and I have proof of employment AND my credit has improved greatly since I moved in. So there's going to be no tricking me, the landlord needs to give written notice that he intends to take the apartment back. I just don't know how to go about doing this. Do I start talking to him now and risk unveiling that they've lied to me? Or wait for written notice and then make my move? I don't think this is a problem for a lawyer, I just need some solid advice. I only have a few months to figure it out!
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Are you sure you're even legally allowed to be there? A lot of places don't allow subleasing and he could terminate your lease if that's the case and he finds out you're there.

Are the complaints about your apartment? If there's enough complaints being sent, why would you want to stay there? Who is complaining and about what?

See if you can read the lease. There may be clauses in there describing if he's allowed to end it early and why.

If the complaints are about your apartment the he's not likely to look favorably upon you to stay.

If you're not on the lease then just wait. If she signs a new lease and you keep your agreement then great - he may let her break the lease for free if you agree to take it over.
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I think you need to establish if the complaints are legit or just him looking to break the lease. Usually when this is desired the next tenants face a substantial rent increase. The rent you are paying is locked in until the end of the contract. Your landlord is working for the owner so your questions should be addressed to the owner as the end of lease time approaches. Many apartment buildings are handled by companies that specialize in running rentals for owners. The landlord's job is to do as they request, get the rent, if not mailed directly, keep the building clean, minor maintenance, etc. He has no say.
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My landlord IS the owner, we rent a unit in a two-family home. He and his father own the rental company. I am listed as a roommate on the least and have met the landlord personally when we first found the apartment. He is frustrated because it's my roommates who are making complaints about the gutters needing to be cleaned and calling the cops on the neighbors for smoking in the house. They nitpick and are constantly texting him. That being said our rent is already set to increase by 100 dollars a month this February anyway.
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Sit down with your flatmates and ask them if they're serious about moving out in February, and if so ask if you can take over the lease from them.

Once you've established that you can call the landlord and tell him that he might have suspected they would want to leave when they get married, but that you're still interested in staying on and taking over the lease when they leave. Tell him you enjoy living there long term and would consider getting new flatmates. Then you can ask him what he thinks.

Hopefully that will give him the opportunity to raise any concerns, and for him to share whether he wants a longer lease or to end early. It will also make him aware of your interest.
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Thank you, saskia, that is great advice! I started writing a letter sort of as practice for what I want to say. I've got to figure out timing for sure. Our friendship is good for right now so I think I want to do it soon, but they're notorious for changing their minds week-by-week so I don't want to do it TOO soon...
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$100 is a big increase. Does your state not regulate increases? No rent review board? City hall may be able to direct you on this.
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The reason for the increase is that my roommate made an attempt to haggle the rent price down when we were signing on so the agreement was he's lower it 50 dollars below the asking price a month for the first year and increase it by 50 above the asking price the second year so he winds up making the same amount of money by the end of the lease term.
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