How to get rid of terrible roomies

Gah, there is nothing worse than a terrible flatmate. From unpaid bills, to toenail clippings all over the place, fridge thieves and bad body odour, who you live with can make a real impact.

A house that no longer feels like a home can begin to infect other aspects of your life and make you truly miserable.

While there are a whole heap of cruel and unusual methods out there to help ‘encourage’ your horrid roomie to vacate, there are some more effective and less passive aggressive ways you could try first.

A word of advice before we begin: be careful not to end up in a dodgy situation with your landlord. The last thing you want is to end up losing your home as well...

Sit down and talk

This is the very first thing you need to do. In the ideal world, we’re all perfectly normal and reasonable folk. As you’ve discovered, unfortunately we don’t all live in the ideal world - something that can make this step ‘interesting’. Sit down with horror-roomie and talk it through. Hopefully, things are still kind of okay and you can nip the situation in the bud as it were. It’s even possible that you can work out whatever is bothering you so much and give them a final chance – stranger things have happened.

The rental agreement?

If you are listed as joint tenants, horror-roomie’s rights are pretty firmly stated. If your roomie is named on the tenancy agreement, there is little you can do unless you both agree that the status quo is not working out. In this case, you would both have to agree that either you, or the horror-roomie moves out and is replaced – remember that any shortfall in rent would have to be paid by the remaining tenants until you find the right fit. The first thing you need to do is make sure the landlord agrees to this. Keep in mind that your landlord may charge fees for issuing new tenancy agreements, and could also charge for any referencing needed for new flatmates.

Involve the landlord

Sure, you’ve rented for a while and have pretty good knowledge of all things rent, but remember that it’s more than likely that your landlord has many years of experience when it comes to renting out their properties. If you’re lucky enough to have a great landlord with whom you have a positive relationship, you may well find that they have their own tried and tested housemate removal strategy.

So, rather than deploying a high-pitched scream whenever horror-roomie is on the phone, or hiding all the plates and having your own stash of secret paper ones, why not give our methods a try first. Save the passive-aggressive notes for when you really need them...

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