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Q: Although I’d been renting a house for several years by myself, I recently got a roommate to help make ends meet after my employer cut my hours.

Everything started out OK and we mutually signed a month-to-month rental agreement that established certain house rules: take off shoes indoors; no smoking in the house; no peeing on the toilet seat, et al. But pretty quickly it was evident the arrangement was not working out.