My roommate is backing out on a verbal agreement

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
3787 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m so sorry. Tell her she needs to give you your money back and you will find somewher else to live. Don’t deal with all of this, that’s dumb. If she refuses to give you back your money, I suggest you have a lawyer write her a letter and report it as fraud. I know this goes without saying, but next time DON’T GIVE ANYONE YOUR MONEY WITHOUT A WRITTEN AGREEMENT. Even if it’s only a basic roommate agreement. Seriously. I’m sorry, we all want to assume the best in people but in reality a lot of people really suck. 

Post # 4
3394 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@Nido:  I’m a little confused. A king size bed in an 8X8 room? That leaves less than 2 feet on either side of the bed and less than 4 ft between the bed and the door, assuming the bed is up against one wall. No, there is absolutely no room for another bed. Unless you underestimated the room size. You should never give money to anyone without something in writing, especially in NYC. Regardless of whether or not she gives your money back or you can afford it there doesn’t seem to be any possible way for you to get a bed in that room, so I don’t see how you could stay there. You need to search for a new roommate ASAP and get that agreement in writing.

ETA: You might have to suck it up and move out of Manhattan. My sister rents in Astoria for far less than she ever paid in Manhattan. You gotta do what you gotta do.

Post # 7
992 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

So here’s your main problem (and it has nothing to do with the bed), you cannot enter into an agreement that you expect to be legally binding when the overarching agreement was illegal.

In other words, you gave this girl money to rent an apartment when you knew it was an illegal rental situation. Then you are threatening to go to court to make them uphold your verbal agreement. In the eyes of the law, this is the equivalent of asking the court to get your money back from your drug dealer because they didn’t deliver your pot.

So, I think you have to chalk this up to a lesson learned. The reason there are laws and contracts in this country is so that they are enforceable. Find a legal apartment/roommate situation that you can afford, and get everything in writing.

ETA: Just for the record, I’m not a lawyer. I’m a landlord, and I love Judge Judy 🙂

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