Renting a home or apartment with someone could be risky business. Even though you may have known this person for a long time, the relationship could be drastically changed if you decide to room with each other. And before you sign a lease with a landlord, see if you can have a roommate to help share in the expenses. You might want to consider some of the following things before you make such an important decision.
Respect privacy – Although you may share an apartment, you still owe your roommate the right to their own privacy. You can show concern but when it turns into nosiness you have overstepped your boundaries. It could cause you to lose a roommate and that would mean more expenses on your part.
Pay rent on time – Nothing is more irritating than not paying your portion of the rent on time. A repeated habit of doing this can also show up negatively on your credit report.
Pets – Pets may or may not be allowed but if they are, it should be agreeable for all parties involved. Discuss who will be responsible for taking care of the animal. Don’t assume by not asking your roommate.
Food – Will you share food expenses or will each person be responsible for their own? Don’t eat from their food supply if you haven’t paid for it.
Breaking the lease – Will the other party be responsible for paying their part of the lease if they leave before it is up? That could leave the other person in financial difficulty if they have to pay it all.
Overnight guests – Do you mind an occasional house guest in your apartment? How long will they stay? Don’t take your roommate for granted.
Could it affect your relationship?- Rooming with your friend could possibly lead to the demise of a good friendship. Be sure it’s worth the investment before you take the plunge.
House chores – If one person is a neat freak and the other is a slob, that might be an indication that you might not want to share an apartment together.
Before you sign on the dotted line to become a roommate be sure to communicate with each other. Leave no question unasked or any stone unturned. It could end up being a disaster if you don’t know what you are getting yourself into.