Apartment Nightmare

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    Jan 13, 2015 1:06 AM GMT
    Random question, but I'm guessing others have experienced this problem...

    I live with a very crazy/mean/impulsive roommate who has decided she isn't going to pay her agreed rent share for the remaining 5 months of our lease.

    I have texts from her stating how much she was going to pay before we signed the lease and the three of us agreeing on our own shares.

    Are texts considered written contracts if they explicitly detail something like that? My only option now is to cover her for a month and then sue her in small claims court, and that would be my evidence.
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    Jan 13, 2015 1:09 AM GMT
    mista_me saidRandom question, but I'm guessing others have experienced this problem...

    I live with a very crazy/mean/impulsive roommate who has decided she isn't going to pay her agreed rent share for the remaining 5 months of our lease.

    I have texts from her stating how much she was going to pay before we signed the lease and the three of us agreeing on our own shares.

    Are texts considered written contracts if they explicitly detail something like that? My only option now is to cover her for a month and then sue her in small claims court, and that would be my evidence.


    Even verbal agreements are enforceable by law so I'm pretty certain a text message would be for sure. You have evidence it came from her phone to yours so I'd be shock if it wasn't legally binding.
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    Jan 13, 2015 1:21 AM GMT
    It might depend on the jurisdiction... But text messages are admissable.

    Unless the lease specifies amounts, all names are responsible for equal amounts. So if she's on the lease and you negotiated a lesser amount from in the text, lose the text and sue for the greater amount.

    If she's not on the lease, then shame on you for not legally covering your ass, but the text should hold up in court.
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    Jan 13, 2015 1:23 AM GMT
    JonSpringon saidIf she's not on the lease, then shame on you for not legally covering your ass, but the text should hold up in court.


    She is a co-tenant and there are all three of our names on the lease. I'm not trying to get extra money out of her either, my room is twice as large as hers. I just want her to keep her end of the deal and stop being evil.
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    Jan 14, 2015 12:45 AM GMT
    She should be required to under contract. Talk to the real estate/landlord.
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    Jan 14, 2015 1:18 AM GMT
    Is she still living there? Throw her out if she is not going to pay, move all her shit outside and change the locks. … then sue her for breech of contract. She sounds like a bitch, feel free to kill her!! Doesn't sound like she will be missed… hahahaah…
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    Jan 15, 2015 12:26 AM GMT
    It's a 3 person co-signed lease, so there is no official contract that states our individual rent responsibilities, just the collective amount. However, our landlord has given us a ledger with our last 6 months of consistent checks that prove our agreement on top of the texts. Should be easy to prove in court, bummer that I have to resort to that, though.
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    Jan 15, 2015 6:35 PM GMT
    Say that it's ok, you will just start listing her stuff on ebay to recover the balance. Problem solved.
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    Jan 15, 2015 10:38 PM GMT
    Is this a stabilized lease in New York State, or a standard lease in Texas? That could be relevant.