My roommate is harassing me by yelling at me, calling me crazy, saying nobody loves me, criticizing the clothes I wear, the food I eat, how I spend my time, etc. It's so loud that I am certain the neighbors can hear it. She bangs on my bedroom door (where I spend my time to avoid her) I want to move but when I moved in I had to sign on to her existing month to month lease "joint and severally" and the apartment manager said he will not accept my 30 day notice because of this. He says I need to find another roommate to sign on for my share of the rent before I leave. I don't really want to subject someone else to living with this horrible person I currently live with. I'm going to give my 30 days notice and leave, hoping the apartment complex doesn't come after me for the rent. If they do, I won't be able to pay it because I won't be able to pay for two places after I move into a new place. I just cannot live with someone who is harassing me every day with yelling. I'm also concerned about my safety as I don't think this person is mentally stable. I want to record her doing this for proof of why I moved out in case I need to go to court, but can I legally record it?
No, this is a crime in Maryland. Maryland is a two party consent state which means that you need your roommate's consent to record. There is an expectation of privacy inside your apartment.
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No, you can't record her without her consent. You might want to have an attorney review the lease. Is there a 30-day termination clause in the lease?
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