Living with roommates is almost a rite of passage in Forest Hills apartment rentals. Why do those old “Friends” or “How I Met Your Mother” sitcoms make it look like so much fun when the internet is full of horror stories about good roomies gone bad?
Finding and living with a roommate can be a fun, or at least tolerable, experience. If you are struggling to make ends meet in Forest Hills apartment rentals, read these top tips for finding a roommate that you can respect. Who knows? You might even get a new friend out of the arrangement.
Tip #1: Don’t underestimate the power of word of mouth.
Ask your friends, family and co-workers if they know anyone interested in Forest Hills apartment rentals. As a bonus, maybe your connection can give you some insight as to whether you and the prospective roomie would be a good fit.
Tip #2: There’s an app for that!
Multiple roommate-locator apps and websites exist. Roomi, SpareRoom and EasyRoommate are three favorites among New Yorkers looking for the right person to share their Forest Hills apartment rentals.
Tip #3: Honesty is the best policy.
Be specific about rent, utilities and maintenance costs early on. Dealbreaker topics such as smoking habits, pets and your guest policy should also be covered with a potential roommate before you both commit.
Tip #4: Get references.
Ask your candidates for approximately three references. If your potential roommate has lived in a shared rental arrangement in the past, at least two of their references should be from a former landlord and a roommate.
Tip #5: If it isn’t in writing, it didn’t happen!
Once you’ve found your perfect match, add your new roomie to your lease or create a sublease agreement to address everything you discussed. This critical step financially and legally protects both parties, so don’t skip it!
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