How do I legally get my abusive roommate out?

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How do I legally get my abusive roommate out?

My husband and I signed a lease with our roommate on a new place. The moment we moved in, he completely changed. Verbal abusive, screaming, even threatening my husband through texts. My husband got fed up when he left he front door wide open one night and didn’t care, anyone could’ve come in. So that night he calmly told him he’s no longer comfortable with the arrangement and he offered him his deposit back. He’s scary and we don’t feel safe. We finally got him to say he will leave in a text. Now he’s making demands.

Asked on July 20, 2011 Florida

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FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Is the new abusive room mate a sub-tenant for the lease? meaning you and your husband first signed the lease with the landlord and later, you leased a portion of the property to the new person?

If so, is the sub-lease in writing? If it is, has he violated any of the lease's conditions with you? Is the sub-lease a month to month lease? if it is, give the new room mate a written notice that his sub-lease with you has ended and he has a certain amount of time to vacate per your State's laws if he will not voluntarily leave. Offer to pay him some money to leave the property sooner rather than later. Most States require a 30 day notice period to vacate on a tenant or sub-tenant.

Good luck.


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