My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: Maryland
My girlfriend and I signed a joint 1 year lease in July. The rent monthly is $3,000. We were both supposed to move in in Jul,y but she ended up extending her old lease and I moved in, which forced me to pay the entire rent for the apartment at the outset for 3 months. In September she moved in. We had discussed her paying a portion of but not exactly 1/2 of the rent because I made more money. She also told me she would pay for 1/2 of the utilities, cable, etc.
In September she paid me $900, claiming that this was all she could afford. She refused to pay for any utilities, etc. saying she could not afford them. In October she paid me another $900, again saying the same thing.
I write monthly checks to the landlord for the full amount. All of the utilities/cable, etc. are under my sole name and they are paid by direct checking. I have paid all the bills in their entirety because I did not want to deal with non-payment issues.
Last week, I found out she was cheating on me. I told her I wanted her to move out immediately. She refused. I also offered to let her keep the apartment and told her I would move out immediately. Her response, go ahead, let the landlord sue me. I don't have anything. More likely he'll go after you because you have money and you signed the lease.
So, now the first of the month is approaching. My girlfriend refuses to move out. And claims that she is going to continue paying me $900 a month (nothing else) to live there until she decides otherwise. She feels she is entitled to do this and says I cannot evict her because she is on the lease.
What are my options? I want her out immediately.