Living with someone...roommates...rent... ?
May 15, 2007 8:35pm CST
After living at home I lived in the dorm for 2 years. I had a roommaet but of course the only way they could be there is if they all ready paid for rent. After this I moved into my own apartment and lived alone. I moved to a new apartment recently and again live alone. Now here's a question I have. Let's say I was to get a roommate whether it be boyfriend or just a friend moving in with me, how can I be sure I'm not going to get screwed over rent wise? Right now if I was get a roommate I would probably literally save hundreds a month which would help me out. However I would probably end up moving up from my one bedroom and living in a 2 or even 3 bedroom apartment. Is there a certain contract someone can sign or anything that can be done to be sure that I don't have a roomate to just randomly move out one day and I am stuck paying for an even more expensive apartment? Maybe I have trust issues but I just want to make sure I don't come home to be roommateless with a huge chunk of rent to pay alone. I am paying enough as is living alone and moving in with someone would be great, but not if I end up having to pay their share of rent too. How can I be for certain? Any experiences or information on this matter would be helpful. Keep in mind I've never had a real roommate before where I had to share expenses with them except the dorms (in which that is all taken care of for you).
• New York, New York
16 May 07
Unfortunately some people make bad roommates. I am lucky to have a roommate/housemate and we get along really well. We split all the bills. Regarding food, when one of us goes food shopping we get a receipt and the other person pays half. When we cook we cook for each other. I know some friends that they keep their food seperate and write their name on things in the fridge. I could never live like that. We look out for each other and are friends. I have never once fallen behind on the rent or any other bills because we pay everything on time. You need to find someone who you know is trustworthy and will pay their bills on time so that you don't have to pay for them and then try to collect it. One option might be that you request a months rent and one month security so in the event they mess up you have another months rent you can use until you find another roommate. Just remember in most States you have to give a 30 day written notice to throw someone out. They too have to give you a 30 day notice to move or you can take them and go see Judge Judy. I would look for a female roommate to rent the other bedroom. Now if your boyfriend moves in with you he will probably be in your room with you so now you split the bills 3 ways. If things don't work out and you two split then at least you still have your other roommate. I wish you luck with this. Do you know anyone that has their own apartment and maybe they would like to do this too, then at least you know they are paying their bills.
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