A well-written roommate agreement is necessary for having a living environment that is civil and nontoxic with your new roommate.
Roommate agreements have no strict format but should be clearly written out with bullet points or numbers. And include ideas from everyone involved, especially if they are easily annoyed.
Below as you read on, I’m going to discuss the seven ideas that I include in every roommate agreement that I make.
Keep in mind that roommate agreements are not recognized in court as a valid, binding legal document. You can’t sue someone for not cleaning.
Take my advice from the perspective that I’m not a lawyer, and it’s not legal advice. Just some ideas from my own roommate experiences.
All roommates should sign the roommate agreement before making a final decision to live together.
Quick tip! I also have a sample roommate agreement you can view to help get you started on yours.
Quick Note: I highly recommend you check out the following self-help books for being a tenant and having roommates. The more you know about the laws, the better agreements you can put into place to protect yourself. Nolo Tenant and Roommate Books