SHARING YOUR SPACE WITH A TRAVELER
Sharing your home with a traveler can be a good and a bad thing. On the one hand, you may find that you and your traveler are the perfect contrast of one another. On the other hand, you may find that your friend up and leaves you with all the rent and a broken lease, not to mention the broken items and not repairing dry wall holes. Make sure you think about all the pros and the cons of living with a traveling buddy before letting them move in permanently or crash on your couch for a couple of week.
Moving in With a Traveler
Lots of people from all over the world move to America with the intention of making it their new home. Furthermore, many travelers will come here on a one year visa or a student visa that allows them to stay in the country for a longer period of time. What this means is that some people from overseas are actually planning on sticking around for a while. If you have bonded with a traveler and are looking to get a place together, then this is not always such a bad idea.
However, with this being said there are several concerns to think about and bring up with your potential roommate before deciding to go ahead and move in together. First of all, how long is your traveling friend planning on sticking around for? Travelers, well, they travel and thus he may be ready to make a move to the next stop. Make sure you have some sort of proof that he plans on sticking around for at least the length of the lease.
Second of all, make sure he has the funds to finance half of the rent and living expenses. Does he have a job or is he living on travel money? Does he have the resources to find work and make money or once the money runs out, will he as well?
Letting Travelers Crash
In some instances, you may have a friend coming from overseas that just wants to crash on your couch for a couple of days. Or, he may want to stay with you for a month, or two, at the most. Again, when sharing your space with a traveler you need to be sure you are comfortable with the situation.
Your friend may not be working or may only be working part time. What this means is that he may not be able to contribute to rent or even groceries. It also means that you could find him home at all hours during the day and out partying with the other travelers at all hours of the night. If you have a family, a job and a life, this can be hard on you and can leave you frustrated and resentful.
However, it could also go the other way. You may find that your friend is actually a lovely addition to your home. Your house may be clean and dinner may be cooked when you get home. Your traveling friend may spend his days sightseeing, writing post cards and enjoying the views and then be happy to have quiet nights or do whatever you want to do on your days off.
Another concern with sharing your space with a traveler, even for a short period of time, is that your landlord may get a little angry if he finds out. Your lease most likely says no subletting and, while technically having a guest for three weeks is not subletting, it can still cause a problem. Talk to your landlord about this or you could be risking an eviction and a bad reference.