I apologize in advance… I’m a bit angry about this, so it probably drones on a bit as a rant.
I’ll be moving into a new apartment at the end of the month, and it looks like a girl who is already living there (but not on the lease) is going to be a major pain in the ass.
Feel free to skip to the question.
She is the cousin of a guy that is on the current lease, though she specifically is not on the lease. She’s occupying his room over the summer and paying his rent, which is quite low - I think because there are currently 6 roomates in the apartment.
Four of the roomates - including her cousin - are moving out at the end of the month - when the current lease expires - and myself, my girlfriend, and a friend are moving in. Since there will be a new, smaller set of roommates, and because there is a new lease with a new amount for rent, we expect that the rent for each room will be renegotiated based on some neutral criteria. We all agree that a price based on the area of each room is fair - except for this girl.
She refuses to pay anything but what she is paying now. When we explain that the cost she is expecting was not agreed upon by any of the new roomates, she declares that it was promised by her cousin, who neither consulted us nor will be on the new lease. When we politely suggested moving to a smaller room for a lower rent, she declared that she had already chosen her room and that she would not be moving from it.
I should mention that she has dictated that she will pay only 20% more than what we’d be paying. But the room is over 10% larger, has a walk-in closet, and an attached bathroom with full bath. She demands “fairness” while refusing to pay more despite that we four roomates will have smaller rooms, closets one third the size of hers, and have to share one bathroom.
She didn’t sign the lease yet, but we have. As a precaution, I’ve asked the manager’s office to keep anyone else from signing the lease without anyone on the new lease present.
Are there any problems with “locking down” the lease like this?
If she refuses to move by the time the new lease goes into effect, and if she is not on the lease, I’m assuming she has no right to reside there and I can kick her out if I choose so. Am I correct here?
Thanks for your help.