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When The Friend Of A Roommate Overstays His Or Her Welcome

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How do I handle a situation where my roommate has his girlfriend over so much it's as if she's moved in?

When The Friend Of A Roommate Overstays His Or Her Welcome

Now that you've got a new roommate, you've got to expect that he or she will have visitors every once in a while. The problem between roommates doesn't usually occur with the occasional visitation from a family member or friend, it usually escalates into a problem when it's a boyfriend or girlfriend who begins to stay overnight more and more frequently until, all of a sudden, they're just not going home.

You may not have a problem with that, and that's great! However, your landlord could have a serious issue with having a third party living in the apartment. With an extra roommate living on the premises, the landlord may have issues with insurance coverage, not to mention the fact that if you're housing a third person who isn't on the lease, you could find yourself facing eviction.

Defining when a visit becomes something more permanent is a bit difficult, but if your roommate's friend is leaving personal belongings and is staying overnight for up to a week at a time, on a regular basis, it might be time to have a conversation about it with your roommate. If you're on a month-to-month lease, there could be the possibility of having a new lease drawn up at the end of the month, taking into account the third roommate. On the other hand, the landlord may not be agreeable at all in which case your roommate is going to have to put a stop to the overnight visits.



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