Can I Kick My Creepy Roommate Out Of My Apartment?

April 21, 2016

I’ve been living in my Brooklyn apartment for about 3 years with one roommate (he’s also on the lease). In December, we decided to take on a third roommate on a month-to-month basis (no agreement was signed), and at first, everything seemed fine—he’s really awkward and skulks around the apartment at odd hours, but I figured he was just getting settled in. However, the longer we live with him, the more convinced we become that he’s a deeply creepy person (he’s an MRA, which I know has no legal bearing, but…come on), and we don’t want him in our apartment anymore. Long story short, my roommate and I have decided to kick out the month-to-month renter by telling him a friend of ours is moving here and we’ve offered him the room. (It seemed more polite than telling him he’s a horrible person and we despise living with him.)

When I raised the subject yesterday, he started arguing the fairness of the decision and made a bunch of sounds about needing to “read up on the law,” which makes me think he’s not going to go gently into that good night. We’ve given him more than 30 days notice, and I’ve offered to act as a character reference on his behalf to make the moving process as smooth as possible. So my question is twofold: Does he have any legal claim to his room if he’s not on the lease and the two people who are want him out? Likewise, is there any legal recourse I have to get him out of the apartment if he refuses to leave?

I like your world view. A skulking awkward creeper seems fine to take in as a roommate with whom to share your personal space—it makes me feel better about humanity. I think I’d be comfortable hanging out with you, knowing that all of my quirks on display will be just fine, but I am also curious about what he did to fall from your graces. Was it the human body parts in the fridge? Talking too much about his Crossfit wall ball PR? Hanging toilet paper the wrong way with the paper rolling over the back of the roll? He went from awkward to deeply creepy to horrible, yet you’re not giving us any inciting event. Disappointing.

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