Date: 2009-11-09 05:53 pm (UTC)
There's a local lawyer I got some good advice from about landlord-tenant in the past. (He graciously spent about 1/2 an hour explaining things to me free of charge.) Email me if you'd like his number. AIUI,

- Start (or work with the landlord to start) the eviction process on the roommate RIGHT NOW. It takes 30+ days. In the future, the proper way to communicate "your rent is a month late" is an eviction notice, even if you'd prefer not to kick him out, because it at least starts the clock so you have the option when you need it.

- You're jointly and severally liable, so it's up to you to pay the landlord and chase/sue #3 for what you're owed. Sucks. There are many things one can get 3x damages for in MA landlord/tenant law, but I'm not sure if this is one of them.

Get real from-a-lawyer legal advice on both these questions, seriously.
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