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Landlord evicts teenager from student housing, saying her suicidal thoughts breached her contract

An 18-year-old woman was evicted from student housing in Orem, with the landlord suggesting she broke her contract because she “vocalized suicidal tendencies” to her roommates last month.

The notice was taped on her door on Tuesday this week, where she found it after getting out of bed. Still in her pajamas, she said, she immediately panicked and tried to start packing up her belongings.

The woman said that the notice has made her feel worse, and she’s been struggling more in the past few days with managing her symptoms of depression. She’s moved in with a friend, though, and is currently receiving support.

“The landlord is telling me not to live here because I was having suicidal thoughts,” the teenager said.

The notice from the landlord begins by suggesting that the woman violated her lease contract, pointing specifically to two parameters: breaching the “quiet enjoyment of the premises” and threatening “endangerment of human life.”

“We have been made aware that you have vocalized suicidal tendencies which has caused … stress and alarm to your roommates,” it added. “At this time, we are choosing to terminate your contract, as explained above. We ask that you take the next few days to move out your belongings and find alternative housing.”

It gives her a final eviction date of Oct. 19 — six days after the notice.

She said she has had depression for the past two years, beginning after her mom died in September 2018. The stress of school and the isolation with COVID-19, she said, compounded things recently. That’s when she decided to confide in her three roommates, two of which she’d known before moving in this August.

She wanted to explain to them why she hadn’t been leaving her room much and, with one of them being a co-worker, why she’d failed to show up to her job. She’d also recently decided to drop her classes at Utah Valley University. She was feeling low and suicidal and hoped they might be able to help her move forward.

A family friend of the woman said she told her that the roommates brushed her off and said she was being dramatic. She didn’t talk to them much after that and stayed inside her room even more.

Then, three weeks later, she found the note on her door.

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