Thursday, April 3, 2014
To ease the burden of rental fees, utility bills and other financial obligations, some renters prefer having a roommate to share these responsibilities with. Apart from the financial aspects, sharing a house or condo unit also offers a helping hand in terms of chores and other houshold duties. However, it’s important to set clear rules for your roommate, so as to avoid problems and disputes later on.
Finding a roommate
The best way to find a roommate is through refferals from people you know. This way you can be 'sure' of their character.Get to know the person before you commit to being roommates. Discuss the type of home life you want. One of you may prefer a quiet lifestyle, while the other loves to play loud music and invite friends over. This can cause problems later on, so it’s best to clear things up earlier. It’s also prudent to ask where they’re working or how they’re going to pay for their share of the rent.
Most leasing agreements have provisions stating, “tenants are jointly and severally liable for paying rent and adhering to the contract.” This means that even if your roommate skips out on you or fails to pay his or her share of the rent or perform certain obligations, you'll still be held liable for the entire rent amount. Therefore, it’s important to discuss how you’re going to split the rent and other expenses. The person who gets a bigger room may pay more share of the rent. One person may also need to use more electricity. Figure out how you’re going to handle these instances beforehand.
Aside from the expenses, there are responsibilities that come with being a tenant. This may include cleaning and paying bills. The chores schedule should be established well beforehand too.Depending on your agreement with your roommate, these could be on a daily, weekly or monthly basis,. Also, decide who is responsible for which chores, just so everything is clear.