How can I get out of my lease if my roommate has some sort of medical condition and leaves contaminated items around the apartment?

She constantly leaves bloody paper towels in the trash all the time. It has been sitting in there for a week now and has been collecting. I am highly concerned for my own health because she seems very sick and mentioned that she has been bleeding a lot. I reached in the trash to take something out unaware that there had been blood in there and accidentally grabbed a paper towel with blood on it. I am terrified, she also requires that the heat be on because of a health condition. I want out of the lease.

Asked on December 11, 2015 under Real Estate Law, Michigan

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately, while your concern is perfectly understandable, it is not grounds to get out of the lease because it is not a problem or conduct for which the landlord is responsible: the landlord does not control what your roommate does in your apartment. However, the lease is a contract between you and your landlord: you can only terminate it early if the *landlord* does something which violates the lease or deprives you of the peaceful enjoyment of your unit.


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