Immediate accommodation and roommate regrets

Hi Bonita,

I’m living off campus for the first time, and I’m struggling. I have two roommates: one is a casual friend from school and the other is a friend of theirs. The place we rent is not in very good condition. The floors are uneven and it smells old (if that makes sense). At first I thought it was going to be a cool old house, but now it’s just a rude old house. On top of that, my roommates are jerks, I don’t know how else to put it. They drink too much and are loud, they leave a mess in the house and no one picks up after their super sweet cat. I hate the thought of losing my deposit, but I don’t know how much more I can cash out. No advice?


Hi Anon,

Don’t be too hard on yourself for crossing out the first time you lived off campus, because at least you figured it out pretty quickly. I’m guessing you all moved in on the first or the 15th, and we’re currently in that perfect time at the start of the semester, when there’s a lot of roommate swapping and house-hopping. Believe me, you’re just a drop in a flood of people who realize their rentals are dumps or their roommates suck. Some people get so excited about living off-campus that they go so hard on booze and nihilism, because they think they can finally do what they want. They’ll realize the error of their ways when they still have roommates at 40 and get the jolt if they don’t have a beer as soon as they wake up in the morning, but right now you have the power not to make their problems yours.

You can always tell the landlord what’s wrong with the house, but you and I both know they’re not going to fix things to your satisfaction. Instead, they’ll use your complaints as a reason to deny you a lease renewal before putting a coat of paint on the walls, doubling the rent, and moving in with another group of students who they hope won’t. will not complain this time. . Just move.

Go to Facebook Marketplace, or wherever young people are crowdsourcing these days, and start looking for people who need roommates. There should be plenty right now, but you need to act fast before all the vacancies are taken. And you don’t have to say goodbye to your deposit, because the person moving into your place has to pay you the deposit, and then they can have yours when it’s paid off at the end of your lease. Let’s be honest, you probably won’t get your bond back no matter where you live, but luckily Athens has lawyers like Sarah Gehring who are on a mission to fight this blatant abuse of power and privilege by landlords and tenants. property management agencies. . Gehring has experience in the areas of security deposit returns, repair issues, retaliation, and evictions, and she works with the nonprofit Athens Access to Justice Initiative, which you can contact to get help and find more information about I would also recommend always checking reviews and researching landlords and property management agencies.

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