A Roommate Agreement is a document used when two or more people are moving into a shared space and would like to outline the rights and responsibilities of each person moving in. While a lease agreement covers the rights and responsibilities of the tenants in relation to the landlord, it often does not cover the relationships between the roommates themselves. For that reason, a Roommate Agreement is a great idea whenever people decide to live together.
In a well-written Roommate Agreement, the parties will be able to talk through and record what is expected of each of the roommates. Basic living situations are covered, such as whether or not the roommates expect quiet hours, as well as more general rules, such as whether or not pets are allowed on the premises.
With this Roommate Agreement, the parties will be able to hit several important points of agreement, such as how the security deposit, rent, and utilities will get paid, as well as how they plan to use the common areas in the property.
By creating a Roommate Agreement, the parties may be less likely to run into disputes with their particular roommates down the line, as everything may be neatly written in the agreement that all the roommates sign. Roommate Agreements can help make everything clear from the beginning.
How to use this document
This document may be used when a party is moving into a shared living space with one or more people and the parties would like to set up their expectations before commencing a lease.
This Roommate Agreement may be agreed to and signed by each of the parties that will be living in the shared space. Each Roommate may review the various provisions of this Agreement to ensure everyone knows exactly what to expect.
When this Roommate Agreement is filled out, it may be printed and signed. Then each party may keep a copy.
Ordinary principles of contract law, as provided by the common law, may apply to this agreement.
Each state and territory also has its own legislation regarding residential tenancies.
Further information or legal assistance, particularly in relation to residential properties is available from consumer affairs offices, tenant unions or tenant advice services in each state and territory. Community legal centres may also provide assistance.
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