Published February 03, 2012
When it comes to renting a place to live, tenants often find it easy to team up with a friend or roommate to share the cost of rent and expenses as well as have someone to talk with in the downtime spent at home.
Assuming that you have a full time job and no social life, you spend approximately 128 hours per week in your home. Of those 128 hours, 56 are probably spent sleeping, leaving you with 72 hours of downtime spent in your home cooking, cleaning, watching television, surfing the Internet or just killing time chatting with your roommate.
Life is good until you find yourself at odds with your roomie because they won’t pay their share of the expenses. Or maybe they pay their part of the rent late all of the time, hurting your good credit rating. Or perhaps they are just downright annoying and leave a mess everywhere in the house. This can leave you frustrated and ready to pack up and leave. However, you need to think it through before you throw in the towel.
There are a few ways to avoid the roommate fallout if you plan ahead.
It may be best if you just suck it up and call a truce with your roommate until the lease is up. After all, part of the security deposit refund is probably on the line and 72 hours of downtime a week is a lot of time.
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