Not My Problem

I had a roommate who, about 9 months in to living together, moved her then boyfriend (now fiancé) in without asking or telling me. For the first month I didn’t mind. But as the weeks drew on and he kept quitting and starting new jobs and not paying for rent or bills, I started to notice a pattern. It started Soon after he moved in, I started noticing medications disappearing (medications that had little or no street value and were detrimental to my health.)

So I started hiding my medications in my bedroom/bathroom. Then I overheard a conversation between them, in which I found out they were making me pay half the bills, while they split the other half. Not 3 equil ways. So I started writing her checks for 1/3 of the bills rather than half. (The bills were in her name.) She discovered I was doing this around the second set of bills. By the next set of bills, around 7 months of him living there at this point, he suddenly lost his job. Probably due to the fact he never went to work because he was “too tired”. I then got a text saying I needed to pay half of the bills while she paid the other half. I said no, that if he was going to continue to live there then he needed to find another job or file for unemployment. Two weeks later I get anot her text from her saying I owed $x for the bills but she refused to show me the bills. She claimed that she had signed up for paperless billing to save money but she refused to sign in and show me the bill and she wouldn’t take a picture of it with her phone. We spent two hours fighting over this. Literally. Something that would simply take 5 minutes to do and she spent more time arguing with me over it than doing it. I became so fed up that I told her “I’m not paying a dime to you until you show me the bill.” She took that as I’m not going to pay the bills period. A week later I got a text from him saying “You need to stop running up the bills if you aren’t going to pay them.” This from the sloth who has yet to apply for a new job, nearly 2 months after getting laid off. The lazy leach who has sat around for weeks playing video games and running up the bills himself while I slept during the day and worked during the night. A positive that came out of this though was that it got me into writing again.
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4 Responses to Not My Problem

  1. Telek says:

    If you had a lease that stated you were responsible for half the bills, then even if she decided to move 2 more people and have them split only her half of things, that’s kind of just the way it goes. However, I agree that you shouldn’t pay a penny without first seeing the bills

    • Rae says:

      Actually our lease doesn’t state anything about the bills. However, the landlord stated that the bills must be divided equally among the tenants and they do check up on them to at least see if they are getting paid. I doübt they check and see if it is equally since I just withdrawl cash every month and give it to the roommate. All the bills are in her name so nothing negative appears on my credit.

  2. Jenny 3000 says:

    You’ve got some seriously sneaky, snarky roommates who seem to be trying to fleech in some day, do becareful. It doesn’t seem like you have done anything wrong here at all.

    • Rae says:

      I actually broke my lease and am moving out. I did tell them but they seem to be in denial about it. I even had the front office draw up paperwork saying I wasn’t legally responsible for the apartment after a certain date, which is required by the state as it is. Plus, I am having the manager go through the apartment with a camera and papers stating this is how it looked when I left.

      As for the bills, I have printed off every copy of every check or cash withdrawl I made to her since we moved in proving I paid the bills on time. I also printed off ever bank statement and bank copies of everything since we moved in together. If she tries to take me to small claims court over this, she will lose.

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