Roommate Agreement Template

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Roommate Agreements and Tips
Roommates make lots of informal agreements about splitting rent, sharing chores and
choosing bedrooms. It's best to put your understandings in writing, because oral
agreements are too easily forgotten or misinterpreted after the fact. Here are some key
decisions to consider when drafting an agreement.
1. Determine everyone's share of the monthly rent. Designate who will write the
rent check to the landlord.
2. Decide who will occupy which bedrooms.
3. Set up a schedule for household chores that lays out who is responsible for
cleaning specific rooms or areas and how often.
4. Set up a schedule for household chores that lays out who is responsible for
cleaning specific rooms or areas and how often.
5. Agree upon a quiet curfew - when should stereos be turned off or down low?
6. Decide whether overnight guests are acceptable. If so, how often?
7. Determine how much notice a roommate must give before moving out. Also,
decide whether the person moving out needs to find an acceptable replacement.
8. Come to an understanding about how disagreements among yourselves will be
handled. If you want a roommate to leave, how can it be done fairly?
9. Write down everything once you've reached agreement.
10. Write your names, address, lease dates and monies owed at the top of the page.
11. List the agreements you've made clearly and concisely.
12. Include lines at the bottom of the page for signatures and dates.
13. Make copies so you will each have a signed draft.
14. Sign the agreement and date it.
Roommate Agreements and Tips
Roommates make lots of informal agreements about splitting rent, sharing chores and
choosing bedrooms. It's best to put your understandings in writing, because oral
agreements are too easily forgotten or misinterpreted after the fact. Here are some key
decisions to consider when drafting an agreement.
1. Determine everyone's share of the monthly rent. Designate who will write the
rent check to the landlord.
2. Decide who will occupy which bedrooms.
3. Set up a schedule for household chores that lays out who is responsible for
cleaning specific rooms or areas and how often.
4. Set up a schedule for household chores that lays out who is responsible for
cleaning specific rooms or areas and how often.
5. Agree upon a quiet curfew - when should stereos be turned off or down low?
6. Decide whether overnight guests are acceptable. If so, how often?
7. Determine how much notice a roommate must give before moving out. Also,
decide whether the person moving out needs to find an acceptable replacement.
8. Come to an understanding about how disagreements among yourselves will be
handled. If you want a roommate to leave, how can it be done fairly?
9. Write down everything once you've reached agreement.
10. Write your names, address, lease dates and monies owed at the top of the page.
11. List the agreements you've made clearly and concisely.
12. Include lines at the bottom of the page for signatures and dates.
13. Make copies so you will each have a signed draft.
14. Sign the agreement and date it.
ROOMMATE AGREEMENT
This Roommate Agreement is made by the following roommates:
____________________________________________________
The Roommates are co-tenants in the apartment located at
________________________________________________(the "Apartment").
There /is/is not/ a written rental agreement or lease with the landlord,
___________________________________, for the Apartment (the "Rental
Agreement").
The following Roommates have been named in the Rental Agreement:
_____________________________________________________________.
The following Roommates have signed the Rental Agreement:
The Roommates agree to the following terms:
1. Rental Agreement. All of the Roommates agree to be bound by all of the terms of
the Rental Agreement.
2. Lease Term. Each of the Roommates will live in the Apartment: for the period set
forth in the Rental Agreement with the landlord, beginning on
_____________________ and ending on ______________________.
on a month-to month basis, and may terminate this Roommate Agreement by giving
thirty days advance written notice to the other Roommates. (Note: This option does not
affect any liability a roommate may have to the landlord pursuant to the Rental
Agreement.)
3. Rent. The total monthly rent for the Apartment is $______________________.
Each Roommate will pay the following amount(s): ________________________
______________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________.
Rent shall be payable on the _____ day of each month directly to:____________
The Roommates understand that they are jointly and severally liable for the full amount
of the rent, which means that each roommate is responsible to the landlord for the full
amount of the Apartment’s rent if the other roommates fail to pay their share.
4. Security Deposit. The total security deposit for the Apartment is $_________. Each
Roommate has paid / to the landlord / to _______________________ the following
amount(s):
______________________
Each Roommate will receive a his/her share of the deposit when the landlord returns it
at the end of the tenancy. Any deductions from the deposit shall be shared by all the
Roommates in proportion to the amount of deposit paid; however, any damage caused
by one of the Roommates shall be paid only by that Roommate. The deposit /does
/does not/include last month’s rent.
5. Early Termination of the Tenancy. If one roommate elects to leave before the end of
the lease term described in paragraph 2, it / is /is not/ that roommate’s responsibility to
find a replacement. The departing roommate /will/will not/ continue to be responsible for
his/her share of the rent until the end of the lease term or a replacement roommate
starts paying rent, whichever occurs first.
All of the remaining roommates /will have /will not/ have the right to approve the
replacement roommate. Approval of a replacement roommate may not be withheld
unreasonably, but the replacement roommate must satisfy the following criteria:
______________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________.
The landlord’s prior written approval is required to change roommates, and
/the departing roommate /the remaining roommate(s)/ is/are responsible for obtaining
that approval.
6. Living Arrangements. The bedroom(s) will be allocated as follows: _______
______________________________________________________________. Special
"house rules" about sharing space, furniture, appliances, and food in the Apartment are:
________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________.
7. Overnight Guests. Each roommate /does /does not/ need to obtain permission from
the other roommate(s) prior to the stay of any overnight guest(s). No overnight guest(s)
may stay longer than ______ nights without the permission of the other roommate(s).
8. Parties/Entertaining:
________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________.
9. Utility and Telephone Charges. Each roommate agrees to pay _______% of the
utility charges: /gas / electricity /water/. Each roommate will pay _______% of the
monthly telephone service charges and will pay for all of those telephone charges for
which s/he is directly and individually responsible.
Gas: Deposit in the amount of $__________ paid by ________________; each
roommates’ share of the monthly charge shall be paid to _________________
Electricity: Deposit in the amount of $__________ paid by ________________
Each roommates’ share of the monthly charge shall be paid
to_________________________.
Water: Deposit in the amount of $__________ paid by ________________; each
roommates’ share of the monthly charge shall be paid to:
_________________________.
Telephone: Deposit in the amount of $__________ paid by _____________
______________; each roommates’ share of the monthly charge shall be paid to
_________________________.
10. Household Chores. The Roommates will divide all household chores as follows:
________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________.
11. Cleanliness:
________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________
12. Noise Level. During the hours of ___________, the Roommates will maintain a
noise level that will permit all of the Roommates to study.
________________________________________________________________
13. Smoking. Smoking /is /is not /allowed in the Apartment.
________________________________________________________________
14. Alcohol. Alcohol /is /is not/ allowed in the Apartment.
________________________________________________________________
15. Parking Space. The Roommates agree that the parking space(s) located at
___________________ shall be divided as follows: _________________
_________________________________. The cost of the parking space(s) shall be
divided as follows: ___________________________________.
16. Agreement is Complete and Binding. All preliminary negotiations by the
Roommates are merged into, and superseded by, the terms of the Agreement. Any
modification to this Agreement must be in writing, signed by all the Roommates.
We, the Undersigned, agree to the above stated terms.
Date: _______________ ______________________________
Date: _______________ ______________________________
Date: _______________ ______________________________
Date: _______________ ______________________________
Date: _______________ ______________________________

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