If my roommate won't pay her portion of utility bills, am I in the right if I deduct her portion of the bills from what I owe in rent?
I'm having a difficult time with my roommate. Both our names are on a lease together but the lease doesn't outline how much we each are to pay each month. The way we have things set up I have the utilities in my name and she pays the rent to the landlord. This month she is refusing to pay utilities. Based on the fact that she "wants" my room (the master bedroom) and thinks that I should pay extra.
The landlord will be expecting full payment of the rent whether it is from you or your roommate. If you deduct your roommate's portion of the utility bills from the amount of rent you pay, the landlord could pursue eviction. The failure of your roommate to pay her share of the utility bills is unrelated to the landlord's obligations under the lease regarding the condition of the premises; therefore, the tenant is obligated to pay the full amount of rent.