How do you guys handle a roommate who doesn't pay rent on time?

  • Chainers

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    Feb 04, 2014 2:02 PM GMT
    So...question for all the RealJocker's out there, I got this roommate who really grinds my gears. Most of what he does is really minor, such as dumping out a pot of coffee I made 15 mins ago because he prefers his "fresh", not picking up his plates after he eats for 24 hours, or stacking plates in his room for a week then dropping them off at the sink without washing them. But he does do one major thing that pisses me off greatly, he doesn't pay the god damn rent on time.

    The house has already had a talk with him about this, like 10 days ago. Today the rent is due, and low and behold he still hasn't paid. What would you do in my situation?
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    Feb 04, 2014 2:05 PM GMT
    From experience, there is no way to deal with an inconsiderate roommate.
    I moved to a smaller apartment.
    Sorry, bud. Maybe someone else has a better answer.
  • Chainers

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    Feb 04, 2014 2:10 PM GMT
    JohnSpotter saidFrom experience, there is no way to deal with an inconsiderate roommate.
    I moved to a smaller apartment.
    Sorry, bud. Maybe someone else has a better answer.


    Yea I know. I mean I'm probably not gonna go out of my way yo help him anymore with shopping and such but it still sucks.
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    Feb 04, 2014 2:21 PM GMT
    Yeah, my roommate asked me to do his shopping too. I didn't.
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    Feb 04, 2014 2:24 PM GMT
    Vote him off the island.
    Seriously.
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    Feb 04, 2014 2:24 PM GMT
    Chainers saidSo...question for all the RealJocker's out there, I got this roommate who really grinds my gears. Most of what he does is really minor, such as dumping out a pot of coffee I made 15 mins ago because he prefers his "fresh", not picking up his plates after he eats for 24 hours, or stacking plates in his room for a week then dropping them off at the sink without washing them. But he does do one major thing that pisses me off greatly, he doesn't pay the god damn rent on time.

    The house has already had a talk with him about this, like 10 days ago. Today the rent is due, and low and behold he still hasn't paid. What would you do in my situation?


    Talk to him, fight with peace
  • Apparition

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    Feb 04, 2014 3:57 PM GMT
    depends what his situation is. does he have the money and just lazy about giving you the actual cheque? in that case just get post dated cheques...problem solved. Alternatively, change the rent due date to the first of the month for the NEXT month and tell him failure to pay will be accepted as a termination notice for the end of the month and tell him to pack. Alternatively, fine him. Whenever I rented to someone I always gave them three options. Full term rent was 1200 payable in full (4 months 300$ each equivalent but I really only needed 233$ per)

    option B was 4 cheques post dated 250 each that included a 50$ discount for ontime payment, with bouncing a cheque agreeing that it would default to 1200 due immediately less any previous payment.

    Option C was first and last 233$, at a 66$ discount for ontime payment...with failure to pay on time the remainder meaning 1200 balance due immediately.

    if he is actually broke just evict him...lots of people can pay their rent, he isnt special.

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  • Apparition

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    Feb 04, 2014 3:59 PM GMT
    also, if he doesnt pay, make list of items he owns that are valuable, and use them as collateral. walk him down to the pawnstore and make him dealwith the consequences.

    Alternatively, find a valuable item(s) he uses all the time, or something he just has to have, and the day after rent is due have them "disappear" (stored somewhere offsite)

    him: MARCH 1: "dude...where are the fridge,couch and tv?"
    you: "rent was due..I didnt have the money from you, so i pawned them" you owe me 800 bucks plus fees.
  • Chainers

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    Feb 04, 2014 8:21 PM GMT
    He is just lazy, incosiderate to other people, and he is kind of a spoiled international student who has never lived outside of the home before. I can tell that he is used to having people pick things up for him and so forth which is a pain to deal with. Either way, if he doesnt pay by tomorrow then another talk will have to be had.
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    Feb 04, 2014 8:29 PM GMT
    Well, you could have another meeting with everyone and set up some house rules regarding payments.

    Is his name on the lease? If so, that will complicate things.

    I would set up a system that you all agree on - that applies to everyone - that if the portions of the rent aren't collected by a certain date/time, then a 10% penalty will be applied. If he is late 3 months in a row, he may be asked to leave.

    or - while he's gone, put a lock on his bedroom door and let him know that he can get back in when he's paid.

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    Feb 04, 2014 8:36 PM GMT
    Evict him. You'll probably have to comply with all legal requirements for that, which is a pain in the ass.

    Or just convince him to move out. It may be worth a small payment to get him out of there.
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    Feb 04, 2014 8:37 PM GMT
    Aren't you the guy who wouldn't date someone who wasn't rich? He probably thinks you're a douchebag and intentionally isn't paying.
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    Feb 04, 2014 8:39 PM GMT
    Agree between the rest of you that the only topic you will talk to him about is the late rent. No other topics of conversation. Brutally efficient.
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    Feb 04, 2014 8:40 PM GMT
    KJSharp saidAren't you the guy who wouldn't date someone who wasn't rich? He probably thinks you're a douchebag and intentionally isn't paying.


    That's why he needs to date a rich guy - he is paying double rent!
  • AMoonHawk

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    Feb 04, 2014 8:42 PM GMT
    Time to kick his ass out
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    Feb 04, 2014 8:44 PM GMT
    Apparition saidalso, if he doesnt pay, make list of items he owns that are valuable, and use them as collateral. walk him down to the pawnstore and make him dealwith the consequences.

    Alternatively, find a valuable item(s) he uses all the time, or something he just has to have, and the day after rent is due have them "disappear" (stored somewhere offsite)

    him: MARCH 1: "dude...where are the fridge,couch and tv?"
    you: "rent was due..I didnt have the money from you, so i pawned them" you owe me 800 bucks plus fees.


    In most U.S. jurisdictions, self-help of that kind that would get you in trouble.

    Cite: Judge Judy.
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    Feb 04, 2014 8:47 PM GMT
    showme saidEvict him. You'll probably have to comply with all legal requirements for that, which is a pain in the ass.

    Or just convince him to move out. It may be worth a small payment to get him out of there.

    Hm, didn't I just say that? More colorfully?
  • mybud

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    Feb 04, 2014 8:47 PM GMT
    The members all the house come together and tell him in person he has X amount of days to get out. The members should bring their balls with them..All are united.
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    Feb 04, 2014 8:48 PM GMT
    Aristoshark said
    showme saidEvict him. You'll probably have to comply with all legal requirements for that, which is a pain in the ass.

    Or just convince him to move out. It may be worth a small payment to get him out of there.

    Hm, didn't I just say that? More colorfully?


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    Feb 04, 2014 8:49 PM GMT
    Ohno said
    KJSharp saidAren't you the guy who wouldn't date someone who wasn't rich? He probably thinks you're a douchebag and intentionally isn't paying.


    That's why he needs to date a rich guy - he is paying double rent!


    Haha!!
  • LJay

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    Feb 04, 2014 8:52 PM GMT
    As soon as possible, meaning the very next time you see him, sit down and look him straight in the eyes and say, "You have not paid the rent on time, both this month and in the past. This is very serious. I must have this month's rent immediately. If it is not paid on time in the future, you must move out. I need to be very strict about financial matters because these payments are part of my credit rating. Remember, if the rent is not paid on time, you must move out immediately."

    keep the conversation to one topic only. Talk about the dirty dishes and such at another time.
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    Feb 04, 2014 8:58 PM GMT
    This is the first and nicest example of what an irresponsible douche you are dealing with. Get that bozo out of your apartment/life before the real trouble starts.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Feb 04, 2014 9:04 PM GMT
    Time to show him the door if he keeps up with being late with his part of the rent.
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    Feb 04, 2014 9:15 PM GMT
    Just take a dump in his mouth when he's sleeping.
  • Chainers

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    Feb 04, 2014 9:46 PM GMT
    LJay saidAs soon as possible, meaning the very next time you see him, sit down and look him straight in the eyes and say, "You have not paid the rent on time, both this month and in the past. This is very serious. I must have this month's rent immediately. If it is not paid on time in the future, you must move out. I need to be very strict about financial matters because these payments are part of my credit rating. Remember, if the rent is not paid on time, you must move out immediately."

    keep the conversation to one topic only. Talk about the dirty dishes and such at another time.


    This would be a great suggestion, except we sat him down on the 20th of January and had both discussions already.

    It seems like he forgot already.