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LEASES AND ROOMMATES

Signing a lease with a roommate can be a tough thing to do. However, for many people, it is the only way they can afford to move out and get their own place. Living in a one bedroom apartment, for example, may cost you $600 per month. Living in a two bedroom apartment and sharing with a roommate, on the other hand, may only cost you $400 each. Usually the more people living there, the cheaper the rent will be, and may also reduce your gas bill you pay by yourself by splitting it up, which is why we invest in roommates in the first place.

When it comes to signing a lease with a roommate you are committing to this person for a certain period of time. What this means is that even if you get in a fight you still need to both pay your part of the rent on time. Even if you decide to move out before the lease is up, you are still legally responsible for your portion of the rent.

This can be a frustrating thing to deal with which is why you need to be sure that you can commit to living with the same group of people for the duration of the lease. You may be looking at a one year lease which is pretty standard or maybe you will get lucky and get a short term lease which can go from 3 to 6 months, normally. If you are looking to live with a group of people, then a short term lease is probably your best option.

There are a number of things that can go wrong when living with roommates. You may be on completely different schedules and thus have to learn to be quiet at all hours of the day and night to accommodate your sleeping roommate. You may have a different idea of what is clean and what is not. You may have friends that do not match and do not like one another at all.

However, with this being said, there are also a lot of things that can go right when living with a roommate. As long as you remain open to new things and are willing to be flexible, living with someone else can be a great experience. You can learn to share the cleaning and cooking duties and have a friend across the hall anytime you wish. Living with roommates means you can easily have fun at home and you won't be as lonely or bored.

Living With a Roommate

Think about your personality when deciding whether to sign a lease with one or more roommates. Can you handle living with a lot of people all in the same area or do you cherish your space? Are you an introverted or an extroverted person? Are you a clean freak or like things a certain way? These questions and your answers will impact your decision on whether you can handle living with a roommate or not.

Landlords often do not like to rent out to roommates. However, landlords cannot always rent out to families and couples only. Sometimes you need to take what you get. You need to keep up with your end of the bargain when it comes to leases and roommates by paying your share.

If you and your roommate do get in a big fight and someone decides to move out, then talk to your landlord about it. He may let you break the lease early or get someone else to move in until the initial lease is up, if you are lucky. However, this all depends on your landlord and the situation surrounding your personal leases and roommates.

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