Hi Pearl. I believe the person Ive been renting a room from is illegally subletting
the room. The owner of the home has no idea.
JA: OK. The Real Estate
Lawyer will need to help you with this. Have you consulted a lawyer yet?
Customer: No, I haven't. This is my first time.
JA: Please tell me everything you can about this issue so the Real Estate Lawyer can help you best. Please give me a bit more information, so we can help you best.
Customer: Well, she placed an ad on easyroommate for a room for rent in Oct 2015. She contacted me. We met. Discussed details. She said she'd moved in in August but made no mention of her actually renting the place. We discussed rent and I gave her security deposit
. Paid her for November but didnt move in until December. I only discovered that she was in fact renting in March 2016 because she mentioned sonething about the owner not approving of her dog. Still at that point I had no idea she was illegally subletting because prior to living with her I'd had my own apartment
. Now fast forward to today, after an irrational discussion yesterday she told me to get out. So Ive been gathering my things and reading up on my rights, hence, me learning about illegal subletting today.
JA: Is there anything else the Real Estate Lawyer should be aware of?
Customer: The owner does not know and she didn't ever present a contract. Everything verbal. All my payments have a trail, though.
JA: OK. Got it. I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully-refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the Real Estate Lawyer about your situation and then connect you two.
Customer: I'm not looking for my money back. Just to know how I should handle things going forward. Do I have 30 days or should I just get all my stuff out today and then inform her that what she's doing is illegal? (She's a real estate agent, btw).