Posts Tagged ‘Adding Roommates’

Surviving Squatters: Staying Friends as short-term roommates

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We’ve all had friends who’ve been “between things” or in a tough spot for a short time. We want to be generous with our little bit of extra space, so we offer our spare room or couch, and suddenly have a new roommate. Weeks pass, laundry is strewn or dishes stacked, and suddenly our friendship […] read more

4 Important Questions to ask Prospective Roommates

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A new roommate is both an exciting and nerve-wracking thing to have—but a necessary one. As you most likely know, having roommates allows people to afford apartments with amenities, sizes or locations they could otherwise never afford since each roommate is paying a share of the rent and bills. The only catch is that you […] read more

10 Essential Questions for Prospective Roommates

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We’ve all heard that the fastest way to ruin a friendship is to become roommates. Or is it that roommates are besties for life? Should you risk the friendship for cheaper rent? Or what if you’re moving somewhere totally new and have only Craigslist ads to guide your apartment hunt? Is it possible to find […] read more

Roommates Wanted: How to Write an Attractive Ad

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When writing a roommates wanted ad (sometimes spelled “roomates wanted”), you want to make the proposal as enticing as possible, while still being truthful, but you also want to attract only responsible people with whom you’ll get along. You have to accomplish all of this while being concise as well. Here are a few tips […] read more

Roommate Wanted? 5 Reasons to Avoid Using Craigslist to Find a Roomie

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When you’re looking to post a “roommate wanted” ad, it might be a good idea to think through how this kind of rental transaction might go. One of the first considerations is advertising. This is where you get into some very deliberate decisions about how you want to advertise your offer for living space. These […] read more

How to Conduct a Roommate Interview

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Selecting a roommate is neither an easy task nor one to be taken lightly, and that’s why conducting a roommate interview is such an important part of the selection process. Think about it: your roommate most likely will directly affect your happiness, stress level and sanity for up to a year (depending on the lease […] read more

How To Add a Roommate to the Lease

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Your rent is steep and you want to alleviate the financial burden by letting someone sleep in the guest room or a corner of the living room. One of your roomies suddenly bailed or moved on to an exciting job opportunity in another state. Your or your roommate’s significant other is moving in (a big step!). Whatever the reason, you’re taking another big step—adding a roommate to the lease. What factors should you consider when doing so? How much might your landlord raise the rent? This article gives a brief overview of the options available when adding a roommate to the lease. read more