My question involves a roommate in the State of: Massachusetts
My roommate and I had resigned the lease to our three-bedroom needing to find another roommate. We found one shortly before 9/1, and I explained to him our rules including that he would have to pay first and last month's rent to move in.
On 9/1, he called me to tell me that he did not have the last month's rent because he wasn't expecting to have to pay it but he would have it soon. We let him move in after he confirmed that he had dropped the lease off (I asked my landlord to tell me if there were any issues) and paid the first month's rent in cash. I later got him to agree to pay the last month's rent by 9/16. On 9/13, he went home to New York for a few weeks (his classes start on the 28th), and I reminded him that he needed to send the last month's rent, and we needed October rent by 9/25, and he said he would send it. Since then, he has subsequently failed to respond to any of my attempts to contact him, and I have learned from my landlord that he did not actually sign the lease. My most recent email said that he did not sign the lease or send money that he said he would send, could he mail the keys back, and when would he pick up his stuff?
-we don't really trust him, and would like to change the locks
-we only have one lease (just separate pieces of paper), and we'd prefer to be able to find somebody else by 10/1 to avoid paying for an empty room
-he has probably only stayed here for about seven nights total, and never received mail
-my landlord is not offering advice
We just want to make sure that we aren't getting in legal trouble by changing the locks/making him move. My father will be in the area today and can change the locks -- our thought is to just change the deadbolt, and then use the other lock until the first, since he did pay September rent. Does he have any right to be here beyond then? When I emailed him, I asked him to remove his stuff by the end of the month. The email was sent on the 23d, and a voicemail restating the requests was sent yesterday. He doesn't have much here, but if he keeps not responding, what do we do with it? We have room in basement storage, should we just stick it there? When can we assume that he has disappeared?
Thanks so much!