Filling out the application for an apartment and then reading through the lease can be a confusing process. We understand.
One of the things that might be a bit hard to understand before you sign on the dotted line is the difference between an individual lease and a joint lease. We’re going to break it down for you. Read the rest of this entry »
Everywhere you look, there are oversized teddy bears, boxes of chocolates, and hearts galore — yes, it’s almost Valentine’s Day! Whether you’re feeling the love toward your roommate or you’re just trying to get by until your lease is up, Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to do something sweet and rack up brownie points with the person sharing your space. Who knows, they just might prove to be the best roommate you’ll ever have. Check out a few ways to spoil your beloved roomie this February 14th! Read the rest of this entry »
Life with a roommate is complicated. Sure, splitting rent and chores can be awesome, but life à la roommates can quickly turn as sour as the carton of milk they simply won’t throw out. Maybe they’re always eating your food, never take the trash out, or can’t seem to pay their portion of the rent on time (uh, THAT’S a problemo!). Whatever the case may be, roommate troubles can really suck the enjoyment out of spending time in your apartment. Address your roommate problems with these surefire strategies for resolving roommate conflicts with less stress and more success! Read the rest of this entry »
Today’s apartment market has put many renters at a crossroads. In markets where rent is exceedingly difficult to afford, many renters are seeking to forego their solitary lifestyle in favor of co-living. And, in cities where finding an apartment is challenging, many are asking friends and family to share some of their valued space. In markets across the country, renters are combining homes through the bonds of friendship, love, or assistance. Read the rest of this entry »
We’ve all heard the cliche poem: “Roses are red, violets are blue, sugar is sweet, and my roommate is not.” Wait, that’s not how it goes?! While love is in the air for most on Valentine’s Day, if you’ve got a bad roommate, we’re guessing that the air is heavy with sighs of frustration. Never fear though – here are some tips on dealing with a roomie that you can’t stand. Read the rest of this entry »
If you’ve ever shared in a 2-bedroom apartment, you know the roommate life can be rough. Dishes, turning off lights, or noisy late nights – whatever the little things are that irk you, don’t let it ruin your living situation. Here are some guidelines that all roommates should follow but might go without saying.
Share Chores Equally
You can try as hard as you want to keep your apartment dwelling separate, but you can’t avoid sweeping the kitchen floor. If your roommate is a little less tidy than you are, there are ways to communicate what’s important to you to keep fair. Putting a list of divvied-up to-dos on the fridge can be an easy way to remind your roommate of things both of you needs to keep up with. Read the rest of this entry »
Ideally, when your roommate moves out of your apartment it’s for mutually agreed-upon reasons and the two of you are still on good terms. Whether your roommate moves out for health reasons, a job opportunity or another reason, you’ll no doubt have to quickly adjust to living on your own — especially if he or she moves out without much notice. While the new privacy and extra space can be great, there’s still lots to square away like increased living costs from bills, food and rent. Here are a few things to remember when your roommate moves out of your apartment.
Decide if you’ll continue living alone or if you need to find a new roommate. This decision may be best made by taking a hard look at your income and your monthly expenses. Will you be able to pay for all of rent and all of your bills by yourself? If you need a roommate to help pay for these expenses, start looking as soon as you can.
Speaking of bills… are they in your name, or were they in your roommate’s name? Same with renter’s insurance: Be sure you have it.
Inform your apartment manager. Stop by your apartment office or call to give them a heads up that the living situation has changed. Many apartment landlords require this so that they know who is living in which units. And if you wind up getting a new roommate, let them know that too. If your roommate was the person who signed the apartment lease, you should ask what needs to be done.
Take inventory. If your roommate moved out and took most of the furniture, you may want to look at replacing some of that stuff so you have your own. Similarly, you can take this opportunity to organize and clean your apartment — it’ll help you be prepared if potential roommates come by to check out your apartment.
Keep your roommate’s mail in one place and communicate with them a time — maybe once per week — where they can come by and pick it up. If they moved far away, you might need to send them a package every so often with all their mail. Talk to your roommate about this to figure out the best way to handle it.
These are all just suggestions for what to do when your roommate moves out to help make the situation go a little more smoothly. If you’re moving out soon, be sure and use our free apartment search tools to find your next home.