[quote] r13: OP, you may find that the owner hasn’t been paid for months as it is! That’s my guess. Write back when you know, and tell me know how smart I am!
Sounds like the roommate could have been worse, I gather I was wrong, after all, about thinking that he was behind in his share of the rental payment to the landlord, and stuck you with the back rent, right?
I once had that kind situation. I once moved from out of state, into a rental with a roommate who’d been living there for 5 years when I moved in, so he had a stable history. I was put on the lease, meaning we were both mutually responsible for the full rental payment, even though it’s a rental clause that can be hard to enforce. My roommate and I sent separate checks to the landlord. Then I learned that he was a recovering coke addict, and then he lapsed.
I then learned that he was months behind in paying his share of the rent. I begged and nagged him to catch up with the rent, which he then did. I asked the landlord to keep me advised if he ever did that again, so I could take care of it, and he said he would. Some more months later, and my roommate moved out with no notice to me or the landlord, and was again, months behind in his share of the rent.
I told the landlord, that I would pay my now, former, roommate’s back-rent, and the rent in full through the end of the lease, now only 3 months away, if he allowed me to move into the just refurbished apartment above mine, paying market rate for it, at the end of my current lease. I figured that he was going to have to find a tenant for that unit anyway, and I could leave at the end of my lease anyway, that it was a no-brainer for him. He said that was fine. I wrote him a check for the back rent.
I later, again, spoke with the landlord, and he informed me that I could stay in my current unit after the current lease-period ended, but he wasn’t going to let me move into the unit above, despite my offering market rate payment; his prior agreement to allow me to do so; and his failure to honor his agreement to let me know that the roommate had stopped paying his share of the rent, that I later paid.
So, of course I was pissed. It had been more than 2 weeks since I paid my landlord the roommate’s back-rent, and I assumed that the check had already cleared, but I called my bank anyway. I was still using my out-of-state bank at the time, and in those days, I learned, interstate checks took especially long to clear. It hasn’t cleared yet, but the bank estimated it would be any day, so I didn’t have the opportunity to sleep on it. I decided right then to “stop payment” on the check.
Shortly thereafter, I got a call from a realtor who was pissed because they had just tried to enter my apartment while I was at work, and they found that I had changed the lock. I still recall their lack of self-awareness when they angrily scolded me, “this is a business”. The reason being is that their “business” was also my “home”, and they hadn’t given advance notice for the visit as require by law. I did allow them in, when I was present, soon after.
I stayed through the end of the lease, not paying the back-rent or anything more, and the landlord had to rent-out two units instead of one. All because he didn’t keep his word. So, I also had the satisfaction that OP felt, when he cussed-out his building manager.