What canI do if my roommate is harassing me and I feel I have no way of getting out of the lease?

My roommate has been harassing me and I’ve made the rental office aware they gave me suggestions on what I could do. I have tried everything with my roommate but she keeps refusing. I moved back home with my family because I don’t feel safe living in the apartment.

Asked on December 8, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Ohio

Answers:

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

You need to carefully read your lease with your landlord in that its terms and conditions control the obligations owed you by the landlord and vice versa in the absence of conflicting state law. If you are on a month-to-month lease, I would give notice to your landlord that you will be terminating it. Make sure the notice is in writing and it is a 30 day notice.

If the lease is a term lease, you unfortunately are stuck with the difficult roommate. The landlord does not get involved in roommate disputes. Roommate disputes ordinarily do not allow for the ending of the lease unless the written lease states so.

Options are to try and resolve the problems you have with your roommate and if not successful, you can try and sublease out your interest in the lease if you are not on a month-to-month lease.


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