After roommates have been selected and a lease has been signed with the landlord, the next step is to start ironing out the specifics of the living arrangements. These details include deciding how rent will be divided and paid, how bills will be split, how chores will be shared, and much more.
Some roommates will simply resort to an informal verbal agreement for these matters; but it may become an issue if a disagreement occurs and nothing is in writing. This is where a roommate agreement comes into play.
A roommate agreement goes one step beyond a verbal agreement and puts all the terms and conditions in writing. Each roommate agrees to a mutual arrangement and signs the document. While a roommate agreement is not a legally binding document, putting rules and expectations in writing can help keep everything civil in times of a disagreement.
The overall benefits of a roommate agreement inlcude:
Clear and consise expectations outlined
Financial responsibilities stated in writing
Chores outlined and delegated
Grocery storeage and food sharing arrangements stipulated
Laundry schedules, guests, pets, parking, TV, music, etc. guidelines determined
Reference tool if disagreements occur
Helps with budgets and planning schedules
Lease responsibilities documented
A sample roommate agreement can be downloaded below. It suggests some of the topics that can be included. While this is not a comprehensive roommate agreement, it gives a general idea of how one is composed.
SAMPLE ROOMMATE AGREEMENT
Students are encouraged to create a contract collectively with their roommates to entail the specific requirements for their living arrangement. This sample is only intended to be a guide.
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