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Dos and Don'ts of Roommates

Micki O'Toole - Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Living with multiple people is often stressful. Use these simple dos and don’ts to help avoid problems before they start.

The Dos of Roommate Relations:
Do Clean Up After Yourself
Do Release a Vacating Roommate from the Lease
Do Pay Your Portion of the Rent On Time
Do Be Cautious of Your Electrical Output (Utility Costs Are Usually Shared)
Do Talk About Issues You May Be Having
Do Be Considerate of Your Noise Level Late at Night and in the Early Morning
Do Help Clean Common Areas
Do Report Maintenance Issues

The Don’ts of Roommate Relations:
Don’t Mooch Off Your Roommate (Buy Your Own Food)
Don’t Have a New Roommate Move In Until They have Been Approved
Don’t Throw Parties Without Consulting Your Roommate
Don’t Have “Extra” Guests Over All the Time (Girlfriend/Boyfriends)
Don’t Use Your Roommates Things Without Asking
Don’t Just Move Out, Give Your Roommate Proper Notice

Remember open communication is probably the best way to minimize conflict. 

Anyone have any other dos, don'ts or suggestions?

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