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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 memorialize 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.
By creating a Roommate Agreement, the parties will be less likely to run into disputes with their particular roommates down the line, as everything should 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 should 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. 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 utilize the common areas in the dwelling.
This Roommate Agreement should be agreed to and signed by each of the parties that will be living in the shared space. Make sure the parties all go over each of the provisions to ensure everyone knows exactly what to expect.
When this Roommate Agreement is filled out, it is a good idea to have it printed out and signed. Then, ideally, each party should keep a copy.
There are no laws outlining what must be put into a Roommate Agreement, but a best practice is to outline as much information as possible to ensure that everyone is on the same page. The parties may be subject to the laws of their individual state regarding the lease and regarding general contract principles.
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