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Roommate bailed!

Roommate bailed on rent this month! He is on the signed lease we’ve been trying to contact him since The last week of November and he will not respond to calls, texts ect. He’s been staying with his GF and thinking he doesn’t have to pay rent but he is on our lease! Our landlord is giving us 2 days to come up with his share or were being served an eviction notice! We do not have the funds as my husband has been off work with an injury what can we do?!?!

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  1. Call landlord and tenant

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  2. Nothing don’t rent out to people they always Fuck you over

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  3. Misty Purdy Misty Purdy says:

    start selling his stuff!!!

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  4. 1 time only. Albertaworks.

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  5. Sorry this happened, Super bummer. Happens all too often :/

    For future sake, something to keep in mind, don’t ever rely on anyone else to have the rent.
    On the lease or not, people dip out all the time.
    If you cannot afford the rent without a roommate, you should be finding a cheaper place!

    Having roommates helps take some of that burden off, yes. But you need to be your own backup net, not anyone else.

    Hope that helps for the future! Cheers!

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  6. Get a deposit with the next roommate as well to cover their share of it happens again.

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  7. Candice Ball Candice Ball says:

    Yeah that’s a tough situation. If he isn’t staying there technically no he shouldn’t have to pay rent but if his stuff is there he should.

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    • Actually no. Technically speaking, he has to pay rent. He’s on the lease. Unless he buys out the lease he has to pay rent

      That’s the exact reason people get put on a lease. So they are legally required to pay.

      Lmao “technically he shouldn’t have to pay rent” what even dude.

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    • Liz Dubray Liz Dubray says:

      ACTUALLY technically he doesn’t have to pay rent. He is liable to pay it yes but if he bails, the landlord isn’t responsible to track him down for his portion. If there are more than just him on the lease, the co applicant is then liable for the remainder. In that case, the co applicant is the one who has to track him down and take him to court.

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    • You’re right.
      He’s still responsible for it though
      What I was tryna get across is that “because hes not there he doesn’t have to pay rent” isn’t at all correct.

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    • Liz Dubray Liz Dubray says:

      He doesn’t feel like he should have to probably but he is still liable for his portion. I would totally take him to court.

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    • Liz Dubray Liz Dubray says:

      And no one can “buy out” a lease. A person can assume the lease. But you don’t really have to buy them out or whatever.

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    • I would too

      LOL girl ya cherry pickin.
      You can assume a lease or you can pay it off. Instead of paying every month till end of your lease, you pay a large lump sum. Hence my term “buying out”.

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    • Sabby Janice Sabby Janice says:

      Funny because I just bought out my lease 2 weeks ago and moved. – it has to be a written agreement between you and your landlord at a price, if they agree to do that. Otherwise you are legally liable for all rent costs incurred monthly until the lease is either sublet or assumed for the remainder of the lease.

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    • Amber Dawn Amber Dawn says:

      He’s on the lease… I don’t get to not pay rent if I go on vacation for a month…

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    • Sabby Janice Sabby Janice says:

      The landlord can go after any occupant on the lease so if everyone up and bails on you the landlord can solely go after you. Only thing that can be done is to take the person to small claims court for damages. Wait for an eviction notice and go to Alberta works and get an emergency fund is probably the best option to be tied over till the next month.

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  8. Liz Dubray Liz Dubray says:

    Not much you can do. He bailed yeah, but because you still reside there, you are liable to come up with his share now too. The only thing you can do is take him to small claims court. Serve him with documents. If he doesn’t respond, or is unable to be reached, a summons will be posted in the paper to notify him of the court date and if he doesn’t show, a judgement could be made in your favor. And then if he still doesn’t pay you back, then a bailiff can be obtained to take any assets or valuables he has to compensate the money owed.

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    • “If he doesn’t respond, or is unable to be reached, a summons will be posted in the paper to notify him of the court date and if he doesn’t show, a judgement could be made in your favor. And then if he still doesn’t pay you back, then a bailiff can be obtained to take any assets or valuables he has to compensate the money owed.”

      All of the above including the filing fee costs money.

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    • Liz Dubray Liz Dubray says:

      Yeah that she can request with the money owed. And the filing fee is only $50.00. But if you don’t care about losing out on what’s owed….. $50.00 is a small price to pay to be reimbursed what someone shafted you

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  9. Alberta works will only help if an eviction notice has been served.

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  10. Rhon Magyar Rhon Magyar says:

    This is EXACTLY why I will never share a rental house with anyone (

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  11. Rhon Magyar Rhon Magyar says:

    Rent a place you can afford by yourself. If you choose to rent out part of it after that at least it’s no risk

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  12. Tiff Wapass Tiff Wapass says:

    Oh yes my friend was going to become a landlord till he learned that a person can legally squat up to 3 months. But that’s money out of the landlords pocket

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  13. Donna Grant Donna Grant says:

    phone Bissell ask for Bridge Program

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  14. Well find another roommate . The courts are only gonna make him pay 3 months cus the courts state it is up to you to find another roommate within a reasonable time . If roommate cannot be found then the ones on the lease are on the hook .

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  15. Call the Bissel Center they help with stuff like that.

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  16. Got to albertaworks for his share this month and then go to the court house and sue him in small claims for the rest of the lease. Done dealio!

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  17. Yes, start selling his things for rent & make sure you let him know that you’ll be doing that. By law, he HAS to continue paying his share, no matter what everyone else says.

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  18. Nicole Maher Nicole Maher says:

    Tiff Wapass squatting is only legal in certain places. I’m fairly certain Canada is not one of those places. The states have squatting laws more frequently, but I’m pretty sure Canada or at least Alberta took those squatting rights away years ago. I could be wrong though.

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  19. Nicole Maher Nicole Maher says:

    Aida Isakovic that’s what the landlord is doing.

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  20. Will Nichol Will Nichol says:

    Never, ever get roommate’s, ppl will always try to screw you over at the first possible chance

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  21. They have no rights but until 3 months they can’t do anything.

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  22. Tiff Wapass Tiff Wapass says:

    Ya you are wrong . Because he just learned this over the summer .

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  23. This happened to me and I got an eviction notice. The land Lord may try to scare you into leaving or threaten with court. Don’t panic, it takes time for him to get those documents and a court date. And even then, it takes time. The judge won’t just kick you out as soon as he sees you.

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    • Lora Grass Lora Grass says:

      There are ways to speed the eviction process up. There are snakes out there he can hire to falsify claims just to get immdiate appointment with Landlord Tenancy board…. Then when the Landlord Tenant meeting occurs, the snake claims “Oh, I was working on two files at the same time, I made a mistake.”

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  24. Becki Pound Becki Pound says:

    if hes on the lease then he shpuld have paid damage. that damage should have sat in an account until this day arrived. thus no issue with rent

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  25. Ruth Chalk Ruth Chalk says:

    Alberta works…. don’t put others on a lease…… start looking for as new place

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  26. This can be difficult. I believe they must serve you a notice to pay within 10 days from the notice date. Then if not paid they can apply for eviction. Then you are given 21 days to pay all arrears. If still not paid, then they must apply for a arbitrator hearing. Which can be upwards of 2 to 3 months for the hearing. If not resolved to the landlords satisfaction then they must apply for a court ordered bailiff request to remove tenants possessions. But the tenancy branch can apprise you of the current procedures if you’re concerned about eviction. However…getting the amount from him bailing may be more costly than fruitful…unfortunately.

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  27. Keep damage deposit

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  28. There’s not a ton of recourse. It is kind of a pain in the ass for a landlord to go through the eviction process, so I would encourage you to talk to them again about possibly payment arrangements.

    This is why roommates suck – the only person you can ever count on is yourself.

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  29. Brad Daniels Brad Daniels says:

    It doesn’t sound like she was served with a proper notice but who knows, this post is pretty vague

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  30. Michael Kostek says:

    Give me a shout…I can probably help you out.
    contact@tenantdefenceservices.ca

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