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Posted: Thursday, April 3, 2014 4:45 am | Updated: 8:43 am, Wed Jul 2, 2014.

Dear Mikey,

I have a roommate that I simply cannot stand. She never picks up after herself, she is usually always late with the rent, she comes home late ignoring the fact that I have to wake up early to go to work, and she has very strange guests that come over who are never friendly towards me.

We just renewed our lease two months ago and I am literally already counting down the days until our lease is over so I can move out. I don’t think I am going to make it another 10 months with her and I 100 percent regret re-signing a lease with her.

I am sure you are asking why I signed another lease with her in the first place, however, this behavior just started about three months ago so I thought it was just a phase for her. Now I am realizing that she has changed, is hanging out with different people, and it looks like we are on two different pages.

I really want to break my lease, but I don’t know if that is the right thing to do.

Any advice?

— Desperate to Move Out

Dear Desperate to Move Out,

Although moving out and breaking your lease right now sounds like a great idea, in terms of legal reality, it is not, unless you want to end up on afternoon court TV.

When you sign a lease with someone you are committing to the term of the lease with that person. So in other words, if they don’t pay their portion of the rent, you’d better be prepared to cover what they don’t otherwise you can destroy your credit and possibly lose the roof over your head as well. Although it doesn’t seem fair for you to have to pay extra on behalf of your roommate, you are on the lease as well with the other person so you are just as responsible.

Have you tried talking it out with your roommate at all? Perhaps she doesn’t realize that her behavior has changed in recent months. By talking it out with her, you guys could maybe even come up with a game plan where you both take turns doing dishes, vacuuming, etc. If she is having trouble paying her portion of the rent, maybe it is because she gets paid on a day that makes it harder to pay her portion on time.

Perhaps you can make a deal on how to help each other out with finances. Either way, you both are legally stuck in a lease together for 10 more months, so if either of you break the lease it could lead to legal trouble.

I would say it is worth trying to work it out with your roommate.

• Ahwatukee Foothills resident Michelle “Mikey” Arana is a 2003 graduate of Mountain Pointe High School. She offers free peer advice, however, Mikey is not licensed or trained, just a fellow friend to the community. All inquiries made to Mikey will remain anonymous unless legal issues occur. She can be reached at writtenbymikey@gmail.com.

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