No one likes to discover that a roommate is a little bit strange or in fact quite obnoxious. If your roommate acts unreasonably and makes your life unbearable, then you need to take some serious action. When carrying out actions to get a roommate to leave, enlist your friends and family to support you. Getting rid of someone entails a lot of stress, and to carry out an eviction you will need to summon all your strength.
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Talk to your roommate in a reasonable manner and explain that things are not working out as you hoped.
Outline the reasons why you think things are not working in short simple sentences. For example; "I find your waking me up at 3:00 a.m. unreasonable. You can't wake me up every night like that."
Suggest that moving out might make things better for both of you and offer to help your roommate find a new place. Always try to talk things out before you move on to taking further more radical action.
Compose a letter. If talking has failed or broken down, write down the reasons. Sometimes writing things down is easier than saying them and you can take your time and choose more appropriate words for your argument.
State how you feel in the letter, but don't express any unkind or nasty feelings. Just state facts and how things have made you feel.
Empathise with your roommate in the letter and admit if you have made mistakes, it may be possible to work things out.
Give your roommate notice if you have a formal lease agreement. If you do not, seek legal advice on how to give notice in your situation.
Take steps to remove your roommate. If he has done anything illegal, threatening, or antisocial you may be able get a restraining order or court order that would evict him from the property.
Stay with a friend if possible while the eviction takes place to spare yourself any undue stress. Take any important personal belongings from the house and check after your roommate has departed to ensure that she has only taken her own things and refrained from damaging any of the property or its fixtures and fittings. If any damage or loss has occurred, you can take legal action.
Tips and warnings
- Talking really constitutes the best solution; if at all possible, try to resolve matters verbally. If you can't talk to your roommate, try getting one of your friends, a family member or even one of your roommate's friends to reason with him.
- Do not do anything illegal or threatening to remove your roommate. You will always remain on the higher legal ground if you remain calm and stay focused.
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