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Posted by Ace on March 08, 2001 at 17:21:47:

In Reply to: GETTING ROOMMATES ? HAVE A WRITTEN AGREEMENT posted by Real Estate Mogul on March 08, 2001 at 08:15:05:

You hit it right on the money. As I explained in a previous post, think like a lawyer and have everything in writing and signed and dated and there will be less "confusion" or misunderstandings later. I think a lot of people see the signs but just choose to ignore it then cry help when they see they're going to get shafted.

: It is shocking the number of posts here from people who have problems with roommates. Most of these posters probably thought they had an ideal arrangement when they first moved in, but problems inevitably cropped up.

: The answer is obvious. Anyone considering living with roommates should have a written agreement. At the very least the agreement should cover what will happen if one roommate leaves and others stay. Who continues to pay the rent ? Who will find or approve of a new roommate ? The agreement might also cover such topics as overnight guests and household chores.

: For example: X,Y and Z agree to share apartment 3 at 18 Maple Street. In the event that any party chooses to leave, he or she will continue to pay rent until the end of the lease, or until another roommate is found who is acceptable to the remaining parties.

: Date, sign it, with a copy for each roommate.

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