Is it possible to get a roommate taken off your lease if they are purposely causing damage to the apartment?

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Is it possible to get a roommate taken off your lease if they are purposely causing damage to the apartment?

My roommate (my sister) had trashed my apartment for the second time in as many weeks, shattering glass and marking up the walls and carpet in hopes that she can wreak enough damage to make sure I don’t get the money back that I put down as a security deposit on the apartment. I don’t know what to do any more. I’m a student in college and am afraid of taking action for fear that it would affect my credit score and as such my ability to get a loan for school fees. Is there anything I can do to get her off the lease and forcibly removed from the apartment?

Asked on January 29, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If your sister who is also on the lease is damaging the rental where you are concerned that problems are going to get worse with her, the one way to get her off the lease with you is to see if the landlord can intervene in the situation by having her vacate the unit if things are that bad. Should that happen, you will have to get another roommate.

One other possibility is if you have a roommate agreement between the two of you controlling what to do in the event of bad behavior like you have written about.

The last option is for your sister to voluntarily end her lease for the rental and you then get a new roommate to step into her place after she vacates.


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