How can I evict a highly violent and abusive roommate?

My roommate is extremely violent and abusive. She has become quite the threat for myself and my two other roommates. We have had to call the cops on her for getting too violent and we want her out of the house ASAP. We can all cover her rent and will have no problem filling her room. The only thing is that she is unwilling to move and is on our lease. She purposefully uses all the hot water and will turn every electronic in the house on to mess with our electric bill. She would also crank the heat up to unbearable temperatures all winter. She has been nothing but a financial and social distress on us all and we really need to get her out. She also abuses drugscoke xanex exctasyect and alcohol on a regular basis. What can we do? Can we evict her even if she is unwilling if she poses as a threat to us all?

Asked on March 4, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Rhode Island

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Unless you have a roommate agreement with this difficult roommate and if you are not her landlord, there really is nothing you can do yourself to have her vacate the unit you are sharing with her.

One option is for you to consult with your landlord concerning the problems you are having with her and see if the landlord for the unit will intervene with an eviction notice for her. If she is on a 30 day rental, the landlord can do so.


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