Can I sue my roommate to get her share of the bills plus money that thatI loaned to her?

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Can I sue my roommate to get her share of the bills plus money that thatI loaned to her?

My roommate has a bad drug problem that she has been lying about and of which I was unaware. She has lost her job and has not paid any of her part of the household bills. She and I are both on the lease, but she has moved her boyfriend/dealer into the house also. I don’t want to be in any trouble for their druguse. How can I get them out of this house and what can I do to get my money back (I also loaned get $2,000)?

Asked on August 28, 2011 Florida

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

You could inform the landlord about the roommate and boyfriend's drug use and they will be evicted. 

You can sue the roommate for the loan plus interest.  You can also include her share of the household bills.  You can file your lawsuit in Small Claims Court.  Your damages (the amount you are seeking to recover in your lawsuit) would include the amount you are owed plus court costs.  Court costs include the court filing fee and process server fee.

If you obtain a court judgment against your roommate, it may be difficult to enforce the judgment and receive payment from her since she is unemployed, is on drugs and is a renter with probably little if any assets.  If she gets another job, you can obtain a wage garnishment to enforce the court judgment against her.


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