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roommate vs tenant by Ron on March 26, 2010 @17:23

Do roommates have the same rights as tenants? I was told that if a roommate does not have a signed rental agreement they can be locked out for non payment or bad behavior.
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Re: roommate vs tenant by A.T.SF (CA) on March 26, 2010 @17:46 [ Reply ]
Please tell us the city and county. A roommate that resides in a unit but is not an original signer on a lease or a month to month agreement still has many rights by law; but, the original signer is who is responsible to the landlord. That said, you in essence become a Master Tenant where you assume landlord liabilities. You cannot unilaterally change an agreement with a roommate. If you want them to leave, you have to give them the same notifications as a landlord would give you, ie. 30 day notice or 60 day notice depending upon your city or county laws. You cannot lock a person out without proper notification.
Re: roommate vs tenant by ron (florida) on March 28, 2010 @13:51 [ Reply ]
I'm in palm beach county, Florida. I am the owner of the property, I don't know if that matters...Thanks for any help

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