Choosing a Roommate:
When you enter into a legal agreement with roommates, you have committed yourself to working extensively with those roommates for the term of the lease. It is important that you know you can work with them and that they will respectfully uphold their end of the lease.
Here are some things to look for:
- Sometimes people have different standards of living- you need to be aware of these differences before sign; be certain you can stand to live with these differences for the lease term.
- Make certain they pay their bills on time. If they do not pay their rent and utility payments on time, this can cause you some serious legal issues- so chose persons who are honest and responsible
- Make certain they are respectful of the property. If they have a history of causing extensive damage or just not maintaining the property they live in, this can cause their roommates to be responsible for their negligence.
Working with a Roommate:
After you decide whom you would like to live with, it is good for you all to discuss how your household will run.
- Discuss who is in charge of paying rent and utilities- when payments are due and how they are to be handled.
- Discuss the option of subleasing if you get a summer internship- what are the other roommates' requirements.
- If you leave for the summer, do you expect one another to pay utilities?
- What about boyfriends/girlfriends, friends, and parties? Do you want them to be in the house, how often, and how late?
- How are chores handled and food?
We know you probably rent with friends and think this is unnecessary, but sometimes it is helpful to write all this down and to sign it. This helps get everyone on the same page and sets some parameters for the house. The Director of Consumer and Tenant Affairs has some sample roommate agreements for those interested.
If you are having relational issues with your roommate, like you are not getting along or you are having problems communicating with one another, we suggest here in the office for you to speak with the Assistant Dean of Student Life. The Assistant Dean of Student Life is trained to work as advocates for students, to assist student resolve issues with one another. You can reach them at 785-532-6432.
If you are having more technical or contractual issues with your roommate, make an appointment with the Director of Consumer and Tenant Affairs and they can assist you resolve the issues at hand.