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Dealing With a Deadbeat Roommate (Whether or Not You're Dating)

By February 15, 2013

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Too often, renters complain of roommates who fail to live up to their responsibilities. Sometimes this means promised chores such as cleaning your place or taking out the garbage, or errands such as grocery shopping, wind up not getting done, leaving you to do more than your fair share. More worrisome, however, is when roommates don't pay their share of the rent. Even though you might be up to date with the rent, a roommate's lack of payment actually puts your tenancy at risk, too.

How do you deal with a roommate who misses a rent payment or leaves it to you to take care of everything around the apartment? For Valentine's Day, HappyPlace suggested an "extremely romantic way to leave a passive aggressive reminder for your roommate." What do you think is the best way to approach a roommate in this situation?

Give your suggestions by commenting here, or share your own story at "Readers Respond - Dealing With Difficult Roommates."

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