{ "media_type": "text", "post_content": "My roommate is denying to pay his share of rent he supposed to pay also which he has been paying till Dec 2020. This is not due to COVID but we had an argument using common places in Jan 21,until then he was paying his share of rent $1100 which he agreed to pay for the master bedroom which is quite large that he is occupying, after the brawl he is saying he can pay only equal share of the rent $1950/2 =$975, he also wants the extra money back that he claims that he extra paid. How do i solve ?", "post_id": "606073760f2b8d002290679d", "reply_count": 54, "vote_count": 1, "bowl_id": "58f8108c753e990016608a0b", "bowl_name": "Desi Consultants" }

My roommate is denying to pay his share of rent he supposed to pay also which he has been paying till Dec 2020. This is not due to COVID but we had an argument using common places in Jan 21,until then he was paying his share of rent $1100 which he agreed to pay for the master bedroom which is quite large that he is occupying, after the brawl he is saying he can pay only equal share of the rent $1950/2 =$975, he also wants the extra money back that he claims that he extra paid. How do i solve ?

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AFAIK people who stay in rooms with better comfort (usually the bigger room among all) pays more in the share. Considering you don’t have anything in writing, If you think your master bedroom is more comfortable and spacious than the rest talk to your landlord and get a go ahead to put an Ad for a vacant Master bedroom availability.

I would find a middle ground with him in this matter

Does your company provide legal assistance plans ? Check your benefits it's possible they do and you are already paying a small fee monthly. Talk to an attorney and see what options you have. Sometimes just a strongly worded email from an attorney representing you will get him to cool off. Well it might also escalate - decide if escalation is worth it.

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if it is a 2 bhk ...then honestly you guys should split half... doesn't matter if one room is a little big....as long as you have a room too ...its ok....if you dont have a room then that a very different thing and he should pay more ..

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then fight it out ..or call the cops...lol... if you are so particular about the bigger room then you dhould have done a private deed and written specific rents and areas occupied on it ...you haven't done that ..so no point of nit picking....legally you dont own more or less ...

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Ask to swap rooms if he says both rooms are same.

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Good point by mck1 , even if it’s a month you can still see his response. If both rooms are same then he should not have problem shifting and you all can split even

Since you only have 1 month on the lease remaining, I’d suggest you do this 1. Agree that for next month share the rent equal but switch the room. 2. For all the previous months where he thinks he paid extra, he was using your furniture so consider that extra rent as the furniture rent.

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#1 is something i can do and #2 i tried already for which he says I need to pay him for the having the bed and frame which he was using and since it was in his room😓

Do you have anything in writing? That will determine a lot of what you can or cannot do. Who is on the lease?

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Nothing in writing when we started the lease we agreed things verbally for the different rent shares and now he is messing it . However I have an email saying that he extra paid and now he wants that money back. I tried couple of times to sort this out but he is not ready to come to the common grounds.

I am on your roommate's side. If you both use one bedroom each it was just nice of him to pay extra. I don't think you can force anything

Do you have a deposit on the place? If so, how much?

So what’s the total deposit on the place?

$1950 which is one month rent.

True also lesson learned for my trust on people. This guy has been real pain in the ass lately. Technically I shouldn't be worrying coz I dint raise any issue and it is up to him to solve however he is paying less rent from the share he told and making it look I m paying less of the equal share.

Rent is based on square footage, so maybe say that since he occupies more square footage then he should pay more and show him the calculation. And ask him why he was willing to pay more before and is only now changing his mind. God, I hate annoying roommates. I would threaten to sue if you have some contractual evidence. Even a text message of you agreeing to split in that way.

Oh that’s so stupid hahah he can’t dictate your use of the shared space. Find a way to sue

Is he on lease?

Yes

Yes I m will be paying my rent share and I hope I get the security check back which is my only hold to tally things and return the delta and get off this guys. Trust me he is 55 yo

What was the repercussions?

Tell your roommate - tu jaantaa nahi mera baap kaun hai😅😅😅

For sure if all these had to happen in India😅

Slap him

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