There are a lot of things you need to think about when looking for a place to live. We have covered 'Leases & Legislation' and 'Types of Accommodations'. Now here are a few things you need to check off your list, prior to making you're final choice, of where to live.
When considering having a roommate or roommates, we suggest that you consider negotiating a roommate agreement prior to committing to renting an apartment. Experience has shown that even the best of friends and intentions can easily changes from friends to enemies in a very short time of sharing an apartment. Prior to committing to becoming roommates it is suggested that you consider these points:
- How much is each going to pay?
- What room will each get?
- How are each going to pay? The landlord? A roommate, who then pays the landlord?
B: Other Charges: (How are you going to handle sharing these)
C: Chores: (Who is doing what, when and how often)
- Outdoor maintenance
D: House rules
- Are visitors and overnight guests allowed?
- Are you permitted to share household appliances?
- Are smoking and/or alcohol allowed?
- Are pets permitted?
- Privacy issues?
E: Other things
- Is there a Grocery store in the area?
- Would you have easy access to public transportation?
- Do the windows open?
- Do the water taps, toilet and shower work?
- Will the landlord require first and last months' rent?
- Do you need to submit a security deposit?
- Will the landlord want references?
- What it includes: meals?, parking?, utilities?, laundry facilities?
Once you have considered all these things, we suggest that you document it with a formal agreement that all parties commit to and sign, with witnesses.