A roommate agreement, also known as a “room rental agreement”, is a model used for renting rooms in a living unit, while common areas such as the living room, kitchen, etc. are shared. All persons mentioned in the contract are mutually responsible with regard to rents, invoices, services and all other agreed charges. In addition, roommates are liable as a whole for damage in community areas. Whether your landlord or building allows smoking indoors, add a smoking clause to your roommate agreement. Even if the clause simply mimics the terms of your tenancy agreement, inclusion in your colocation agreement can reinforce the expectations of each roommate. Present your colocation agreement in writing and have both parties sign and print their names on the document. So make a copy so that you both have the agreement on hand. The sooner you do it, the better, so you`ll aim for your roommate agreement to be concluded and signed before moving day, and ideally before putting both names into a rental agreement. The entire lease agreement is legally binding, while only certain conditions of a colocation agreement are legally binding. For example, a judge might blame a roommate for not fulfilling financial obligations such as rent or incidentals, but not making sure one roommate eats another`s roast beef or doesn`t clean the toilet every week.
You probably already have a good idea of what private space is and what makes a common space in a common residential environment, but there`s never a harm in revisiting it in your roommate agreement just in case. Indicate who has which room and who has which bathroom (if any), as well as other rented rooms like the garage and/or parking. From watching a movie with surround sound to playing the electric guitar, hours of silence prevent roommates from disrupting each other`s sleep. It`s always a good idea to set quiet hours before settling down together. However, sometimes no matter how much verification you do, you can move in with the wrong person. Some people and their lifestyle can even put you at risk. This may be the case if your roommate brings trouble home or interagulates with other people involved in illegal activities. Most experienced tenants have at least one war history.
What will happen if your new roommate doesn`t respect his end of a good deal? While your roommate agreement should deal with evacuation, even if it`s signed, dated, and attested, it won`t necessarily be enough to evict the troublesome tenant.