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Often, when you move into a rental property such as an apartment, you do so as the only occupant; your concerns therefore are limited exclusively to yourself. However, there are also a variety of circumstances in which you may find yourself with group of built-in roommates. Whether you are moving to an urban area in which rent is traditionally substantial and lone apartments are difficult to afford or if you are migrating to town as a college student saddled with expenses and little income with which to answer those expenses, leasing a single room, as opposed to an entire apartment, can be standard practice.

There are several things pertinent to your daily routine such as caring for plants, noise habits, comings and goings and more that you will tailor to the circumstance of having roommates. It is highly unlikely that you and your roommates will go the entire span of your co-habitation without your differences, but these are usually resolved by open communication and willingness on the part of each renter to be considerate. Yet another thing that may differ from one apartment dweller to the next is the terms of his or her individual lease. Particularly if all roommates are not moving into the apartment in the same period of time, you will likely have varying lease arrangements.

Terms of the Lease

While there are some general aspects of a lease arrangement that can be counted on from one scenario to another, many aspects are also negotiable. Frequently, the time of a lease is one or two years, though in some circumstances (and largely determined by your landlord's flexibility), you may be able to negotiate a shorter lease period, such as one for six months. It stands to reason that if you are renting the last room in an apartment and your roommate has been there for several months or longer already, he or she most likely has less lease time remaining than you do.

Outside of the actual time commitment itself, most other specifications of the lease agreement will likely be the same, or at least very similar. Other aspects normally include behavioral agreements, such as commitments on the part of the renter to keep noise to a certain level after a certain time, not to use tobacco products while within the apartment, to abide by current parking regulations and more. You should not have to worry that any co-renters have been advised of different restrictions than you have. However, if a roommate claims to be unaware of a certain lease provision, or claims to know of one that you did not learn of in your discussion with your landlord, you will want to approach your landlord quickly to find the final word.

In Consideration of Other Renters

One of the most important implications of varying lease agreements among roommates is how you would handle the circumstance in which you have to move earlier than you had planned. If you still have time left on your personal lease and your fellow renters do also, they may feel somewhat wary about your leaving. When you are the one primarily in charge of locating a new renter, as opposed to your landlord, you will need to be sensitive to the realistic needs of your roommates without giving into their wishes to your own detriment. One measure you will need to take in subletting only your room in apartments with individual leases for each roommate is sticking fastidiously to the rules of the original lease. Making certain a new renter knows all stipulations is important.

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