New roommate that won't sign a lease
I hav a tenant that approached me with a problem that I don't have a ready answer to. She rented a 2 bedroom apartment from me some months back and was appraoched by a friend that wanted to move in. She spoke to me first and said that they wanted to do a "trial run" of sorts to see if they would live well togther. She's been a great tenant, very responsible, so I went ahead and agreed. The plan was to have the roommate live there a month before actually siging her name to the lease. We went ahead and ran a background check for her and everything. They worked out the payment options and everything was great for a while. Well, now we're both regretting it. It's been three months now. The roommate's name is STILL not on the lease, she keeps coming up with reasons why she can't drop by and sign it, and she stopped paying her share of the rent. My original tenant is embarrassed and upset, I understand, because she thought she was about to have some help with the rent and now she's back to paying for not just herself but the xtra girl too. Should I start the process of evicting her? Exactly when can I do that? How many months does she have to live there, off the lease, and not paying rent?