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How You Can Get Rid of the Roommate from Hell

Updated on August 24, 2014

If you've ever had roommates then more than likely you've experienced roommates from hell once or twice in your life. The problem with getting rid of roommates like that is that they have keys to your home, they know where you live and they know what you do. The last thing you want to do with a roommate from hell is to make things worse than they already are. So what is a person to do? You have to get rid them but make them think that they are leaving because THEY WANT to leave. That is the trick. Now, it does take a bit of finesse and maybe a little bit of acting ability to carry this off.

The Following are Tried and True Techniques to rid yourself of the Roommate from hell:

1. Bug Them To Death otherwise known as Your Inner Anal Unleashed

Every infraction goes on the refrigerator or is a cause for an ever so nice "talk". Eventually, your roommate becomes so annoyed that they will at first start to avoid you (which you will make very difficult) and then they will want to leave (which is the desired affect).

2. Drive Your Roommate Crazy!

If they don't like music played, especially certain kinds, PLAY IT. If they don't like the T.V. on, keep it on all night, every night. If they can't stand the smell of fish, cook it. If they are crazy you have to be crazier!

3. Have People Over All The Time

Most people can't stand someone else's constant company, especially if they are loud and obnoxious or disgusting and amorous (pick your poison). If you become really desperate try bribing some gang members (pizza and soft drinks might do it) to just hang out at your place for awhile, it may be risky but desperate times call for desperate measures! Try this tactic if the others have not worked to meet your goal of a roommate free dwelling!

4. Messy House

If they like the house clean, then let it get dirty, really dirty. And by dirty, I mean really dirty, like don't flush the toilet or clean anything, if you can stand it. This tactic is quite severe but has been known to remove even the worst of roommates. However, this wont work if they are slobs themselves which maybe the reason they became the roommate from hell in the first place. However, if they ARE slobs you might try moving their stuff around so that they can't find anything :)

5. Freeze or Sweat You Roommate Out!

Of course this will involve your suffering and stamina as well. So proceed with caution and I wouldn't go too far with this because they could make a legal case out of not providing utilities if you agreed to do so. Having said that, a little too low in the thermostat or a little too high is annoying and might do the trick.

When all else fails you can raise the rent. I prefer to avoid such drastic measures as your roommate may just get the idea that YOU are trying to get rid of THEM instead of the other way around. This is what you are trying to avoid. Again, you want your roommate to leave because "they don't like living with you not because you don't want them to live there any longer. All of the prior things you can do on the sly and with a little finesse they won't even suspect that you want to get rid of them. Of course during your tactical maneuverings you must (and this is very important) always be the epitome of sweetness and light (have you seen the movie "The Bad Seed"?). In so doing you will convince them or at the very least confuse them into thinking that this is just the way you live and that they do not want to live with you. If you are successful then they will give you notice and eventually leave on at least semi-good terms. For your next roommate check out my hub "How to Find the Perfect Roommate" so that you don't have to go through all of this again!

Have you ever had to "get rid" of a roommate?

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      3 years ago

      Yes, i don't like room mates that's why i have to spend extra money to stay away from my home.

      Once i tried to live in shared room during exam but those un matured roo mates were so terrible keep playing movie at night and those were exam days .

      In other incident, one college fried was addictive and unhygienic plus cheater.

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      7 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks gmwilliams, although I have to say I've had 100's of roommates and only a few had to be dealt with :)

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 

      7 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      To Brie Hoffman:Excellent hub. What you have stated above is the reason I will never have a roommate! I have always preferred to live alone. People are just so complex personalities with their individual mannerisms and idiosyncrasies. Again, excellent hub!

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      Brie Hoffman 

      7 years ago from Manhattan

      Please don't use profanity on my blog.

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      7 years ago from Manhattan

      How about having lots of people over all the time, turning the music up and eating all her food in the fridge? Hey you gotta fight fire with fire!

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      7 years ago

      I have one whom I'm trying currently to get rid of,part of it is my mistake,I told her rent was 200.00 a month but I failed to tell her that she had to help with utilities so when our water bill came in I flipped,we pay quartertly and it is usually between 57 and 60 dollars but this one is 227.00 and the reason it is so high is she does a load(s) of laundry every day and when I brought the bill to her attn and told her she could only wash twice a week she denied she did laundry that often then we get our electric (it's winter and snowing)bill it was over 500.00 which has cut into our grocery spending and then 2 nights ago while she was using the dryer it died,too bad we are in the same house because I know one nasty little trick to get rid of someone but in a rental unit,get some baby shrimp,put the shrimp inside the bar of ye curtain holder,within a week it will begin to stink,2 wks it will become unbearable so aye wish I could do that here!

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      Brie Hoffman 

      8 years ago from Manhattan

      Have you tried them all? Have you had people move in with you?

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      G. M. Cruz 

      8 years ago from USA

      I need more tips. These are not working.

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      8 years ago from Manhattan

      To Everyone who has commented in the last 2 months: For some reason my email notification was off so I wasn't notified when you wrote your comments. Thanks for commenting and I'm sorry I wasn't able to respond in a timely manner.

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      room mate from hell 

      8 years ago

      You do that to me and I will sue you for Harassment. You want to get rid of me? Then you had better read the Landlord - Tenant laws where you live. Your advice is called "Harassment" under the law....

      You did have a rental agreement with me did you?

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      9 years ago from Manhattan

      I'm pretty good, although I am home more than some people would probably like.

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      Vladimir Uhri 

      9 years ago from HubPages, FB

      Hi Bie. Are you perfect roommate?

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      9 years ago from Manhattan

      Well, if you need to find another roommate check out my other hub "How to Find the Perfect Roommate".

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      9 years ago sounds like MY roommate is trying to get rid of ME (even though this is what I should be doing!) :-)

      You have been reading my mind or something??


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