Thinking about having a roommate!

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@ilvrshn (463)
United States
January 6, 2007 6:54pm CST
Well I am in the market for a new house. Really excited about it but lately my friend have been in a predictament where she almost was put out in the street or in the shelters. She had to give her children to the father until she gets on her feet. She just found a job 2 days ago and I opened my mouth and said lets split the mortgage together. Now I am getting scared because I don't want anything to go wrong. I am in the position to help her and I want to. I am a neat freak she seem like someone who needs to be picked up after but I was thinking to find a house where she will have her own living space at one level and I will have my living space on my level so that is wouldn't be no hiccups between us! What do you think I should do? If i do, how do I sit her down without making it seem like Ihave a list of bylaws for her to follow. I want this to be fair because this way we will have more house for our money. Oh yeah, we have 6 kids between the both of us!=)
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@polachicago (19075)
• United States
7 Jan 07
Make sure to have trust signed. she can add you on her trust if you pay half. This way part of her house is yours. This is only way to make sure is fair.
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@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
8 Jan 07
I think that it is nice that you are willing to help and you feel that she is not into neatness then you may want to write up a contract or agreement stating what you expect or want or how you want your home to be kept. That way if she violates it, you can kick her out if it comes to that. I have had roommates in the past and had them sign a lease to make sure they followed the rules. I had to kick out one roommate just for that reason. If she is not willing to discuss or sign paperwork, then I would not take her into your home.