I live in an apartment with four people. Three of us signed the lease, I have a cat also on the lease. Then this fourth person moved in with her cat. The cat is aggressive, attacked me and my cat multiple times, hisses at all roommates, bites its own owner. This last time my cat needed emergency vet service and almost died. My cat is still unwell and she throws up in distress whenever I go to work. I asked my roommate not to let her cat out anymore, she refused. I asked to share medical expenses, she is rejecting to take responsibilty. She sent me extremely rude messages, trying to force me out of the apartment. I asked her to move her pet somewhere else, she refused. Landlord says I am breaching contract too because the fourth person is living there. I would like to sleep calmly in my bed, and have my pet with me in safety.
1. You can sue her for the costs of the vet care your cat needed after it was attacked by her cat.
2. WHY is a fourth person in the residence, in violation of the lease?
The foregoing is for general information purposes and does not establish an attorney-client relationship.
I don't know Mass. law, let alone Boston rent code, but the longer this 4th person is there, the more likely she'll have a legal argument to remain. It sounds like her presence threatens your own lease. I'd check with city landlord/tenant agencies or a tenant attorney on how to evict her ASAP.
Sounds like you need an Idaho answer: I suggest investing in a snapping turtle and "leave it out" where your roommate allows her demon cat to roam.
Yes, I am kidding. However, if this entitled woman is violating a provision of your lease, get rid of her, the cat will follow. You may want to ask your landlord to assist maybe he or she can simply ask her to leave and tell your roommate she is in violation of the terms and conditions of a lease. Otherwise, it sounds like there is a lease provision that puts the burden of eviction on your shoulders--and that sucks. See if your court has free online forms and make sure to follow ALL instructions to a "T"--IF you have to go to court, you might as well sue her for your vet bills. Make sure to get copies of your bills, descriptions of injuries from your vet, and have a roommate witness who can testify concerning the instance and disposition of her cat. Good luck!
Our Rating is calculated using information the lawyer has included on their profile in addition to the information we collect from state bar associations and other organizations that license legal professionals. Attorneys who claim their profiles and provide Avvo with more information tend to have a higher rating than those who do not.What determines Avvo Rating?Experience & background
Years licensed, work experience, educationLegal community recognition
Peer endorsements, associations, awardsLegal thought leadership
Publications, speaking engagementsDiscipline