roommate isn't paying the rent

“My roommate and I are both on our lease, but she hasn’t been giving me the rent regularly. What should I do when my roommate isn’t paying the rent? Have I got any rights in this instance?”

Feature agentJenni Hansen, General Manager, Operations at Restt.

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We asked General Manager, Operations at Restt, Jenni Hansen, for an answer to your question:

“This is a really difficult situation,” Jenni said.

“You are both equally responsible to pay the rent as you have both signed a lease. If one person stops paying their share, then it falls to the other person named on the lease to keep paying the rent.”

Jenni encourages anyone experiencing this situation to talk to your agent immediately and make them aware of the situation, then hopefully the issue can be resolved amicably.

“If you still have problems contact your state Tenancy Advocacy board and they will be able to assist you. You should always check with your local authority on your rights and responsibilities under your specific state legislation,” she said.

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