Living in a shared apartment is a great way to meet new people and save money on living expenses. However, some tenants have had problems with their roommates, such as space invasions, noisy nights, messy situations, and more. You can avoid all of these problems by meeting with your roommates and putting some written ground rules together. Set the rules together and have everyone involved sign the agreement.
Safety must be number one in the deal. It is vital for everyone. Roommates must lock their doors when leaving the property, even if it is at the end of the street. If you open a window, make sure it is locked when you close it. Protect your house keys. Don’t let others borrow them. It’s too easy to make copies.
2.Food and Drinks
Everyone buys their own food and drinks and labels them. if it is not labeled; is in play. That will ensure that the roommates label their food and drinks. Assign refrigerator shelves, cupboards, and kitchen drawers to each roommate. Yes, you should also put this in the agreement. It is difficult to argue about something that you agreed to before with your own signature.
Set a noise curfew for everyone in the apartment. Generally, 10 pm is a good time. A noise curfew means no loud noises will be made after the agreed time. This includes loud music, loud guests, etc. Agree on a time and write it in the agreement.
There are two general types of space in a shared flat: public and private. The common areas are usually the kitchen, the living room and the bathroom. If you make a mess, clean it up right away. Roommates shouldn’t have to clean up after each other. It is inconvenient and annoying. All public areas must be kept clean. Private areas must also be kept clean. Dirt can lead to pest problems that no one wants. Chores should also be outlined in the roommate agreement. Write down who will do what and when. General duties include dusting, vacuuming, sweeping, mopping, and washing dishes.
Roommates must respect each other’s space. Designate the apartment space for each roommate. What is not designated is public space. A roommate must use her own space and no more.
It would be wise to invest in a lawyer to have a professional meeting with you and your roommates, and ask them to draft the contract for you. Your contract will be in writing, signed and drawn up by a lawyer so that you and your roommates can enjoy your stay together.