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What is a Roommate Agreement?A Roommate Agreement is a contract made between the residents of a rental unit. The agreement outlines the terms, conditions and responsibilities agreed to by each of the residents. Roommate Agreements are sometimes referred to as Roommate Contracts.
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Roommate Agreement

The following roommates (collectively the "Roommates" and individually the "Roommate") have signed this Roommate Agreement (this "Agreement") on the 21st day of August, 2017 for the following property:

________________________________________________________________ (the "Premises").

Roommate #1: ___________________________
Roommate #2: ___________________________
  1. EXISTING RESIDENTIAL LEASE AGREEMENT
  2. The Roommates acknowledge that one or more Roommates have signed a lease with ____________________, the landlord(s) for the Premises, which commenced on August 21, 2017 and ends on August 21, 2017 (the "Residential Lease Agreement").
  3. This Agreement establishes the rights and responsibilities that the Roommates have with respect to each other. It does not replace or eliminate the rights and responsibilities arising from the Residential Lease Agreement.
  4. Except as provided in this Agreement, the Roommates are liable among themselves jointly and severally for all duties and obligations of a tenant under the Residential Lease Agreement.
  5. TERM
  6. The term of this Agreement will be the same as the Residential Lease Agreement.
  7. RENT
  8. The Roommate will pay rent as described in the Residential Lease Agreement (the "Rent").
  9. All Roommates agree that if any act or failure to act by any of them results in any late fees or costs for failure to pay the Rent, including costs of collection, the Roommate(s) who paid late or who did not pay the Rent will be jointly and severally responsible for all costs and fees of the Roommates who paid on time.
  10. SECURITY DEPOSIT
  11. The security deposit will be paid as described in the Residential Lease Agreement.
  12. UTILITIES
  13. The Roommates agree that they share a duty to pay for the utilities that are not included in the Rent.
  14. The Roommates understand that if one or more of them does not pay his or her share of a utility bill, the other Roommate(s) must pay the unpaid share(s) or the utility may be discontinued. Each Roommate agrees that if other Roommate(s) pay his or her share of a utility bill, he or she will reimburse the other Roommate(s) as quickly as possible. Each Roommate agrees to pay his or her full share of any utility bill incurred during his or her occupancy of the Premises on or before the date payment is due.
  15. Copies of all bills will be provided for inspection to any Roommate who requests to see the bills. All bills will be kept in a safe place agreed upon by all Roommates to ensure they are available in the event of dispute.
  16. HOUSE RULES
  17. All Roommates agree to act reasonably in their dealings with each other and to refrain from any behavior, action or inaction that they know, or reasonably ought to know, will interfere with the other Roommates' quiet enjoyment.  All Roommates agree to discuss concerns frankly and in a timely manner, and to refrain from emotional outbursts.  Should negotiation become necessary, all Roommates agree to negotiate in good faith.  All Roommates agree to respect each others' property, privacy and sleep schedules and to comply with all reasonable requests wherever possible.
  18. TERMINATION OF TENANCY
  19. The occupation or tenancy of a Roommate can be ended as described in the Residential Lease Agreement.
  20. A Roommate ending his or her occupation or tenancy will provide notice within the time frame described in the Residential Lease Agreement.
  21. The vacating Roommate will provide a forwarding address as described in the Residential Lease Agreement.



We, the undersigned, hereby indicate by our signatures below that:

  • we have read this full agreement;
  • we understand all it contains; and
  • we agree to be bound by its terms and conditions.





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Roommate Agreement Information

Alternate Names:

A Roommate Agreement is also known as:

  • Roommate Contract
  • Housemate Agreement

What is a Roommate Agreement?

A Roommate Agreement is a written contract made between the residents of a rental unit. It outlines the terms and conditions of living together agreed to by the roommates, as well as the rights and obligations of each resident.

Roommate Agreement vs. Lease Agreement:

It's important not to confuse a Roommate Agreement with a Lease Agreement. A lease is a legal contract between a landlord and one or more tenants, while a Roommate Agreement is a contract made between the tenants or roommates only.

All residents who are named on the lease are equally liable for rent payments and damage to the rental property.

Why Should I Have a Roommate Contract?

Whether you're living with roommates in a college dorm, an apartment, or a house, it is a good idea to put your informal arrangements in writing to avoid future misunderstandings.

Creating a Roommate Agreement provides an opportunity to have a serious conversation about individual financial responsibilities, house rules, and household duties. Furthermore, it gives you the chance to discuss how any issues or disputes will be resolved should they arise.

What to Include in a Roommate Agreement:

Your Roommate Agreement should include the following information:

  • Landlord and roommate information
  • Term or length of the agreement
  • How rent payments will be split among roommates and how often rent will be paid
  • Whether a security deposit is required and how the payment will be shared
  • How bills and expenses such as heat, electricity, and internet will be divided
  • Rules for terminating a roommate's tenancy
  • House rules, duties, and restrictions (see below)

House Rules to Include in Your Roommate Agreement:

Your Roommate Agreement should describe the rules, duties, and restrictions agreed upon by all residents, including rules around:

  • Smoking and alcohol consumption on the premises
  • Parties or other gatherings
  • Overnight guests
  • Specific quiet hours

LawDepot's Roommate Agreement form also allows you to specify:

  • How chores will be divided
  • Whether pets will be permitted
  • How parking space(s) will be allocated
  • What is considered personal property
  • What parts of the unit are considered shared space
  • How disagreements will be resolved

What Happens if a Roommate Moves Out?

Everyone residing at the property who has signed the lease is accountable for the full payment of rent, meaning if one roommate leaves, you (and any remaining roommates) are responsible for paying their portion of rent.

If you and your remaining roommates cannot afford to cover the departed roommate's rent, you can ask your landlord for consent to sublease to a new roommate or to amend the lease to include a new tenant. Once you find a new roommate, it's also a good idea to create and sign a new Roommate Agreement.

Is a Roommate Agreement Legally Binding?

Some aspects of the Roommate Agreement, such as the division of household duties, are unlikely to be enforced in court. However, when it comes to financial arrangements, it may be possible to take legal action against a roommate who fails to pay their share of the rent or refuses to cover costs related to damage they caused.

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