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Things to Look for When Screening Potential Roommates

Happy and compatible roommates taking a selfie on the patio of their rental homeIf you are considering a Newport Beach rental home with a roommate, you should be aware of what to search for. There are enough horror stories to make anyone think twice about sharing their home with a stranger, even if truly terrible roommates are thankfully rare. On the contrary, roommates can also become some of your closest friends. There are several warning signs you may look for to assist you to figure out the kind of roommate someone might be, however, there are no guarantees. In order to spot a lousy roommate, keep an eye out for the following signs.

Poorly Written Advertisement

A poorly written or unfinished advertisement may suggest that the person who placed it is concealing something or is hesitant to put much effort into even little actions, even if ad writing may not be everyone’s strong suit. Either way, a rental ad with misspelled words or one that is missing key details could be an indication of risk.

Vague or Inconsistent Answers

When you ask questions about your roommate or lease arrangements, you should also be suspicious. Asking why a roommate moved out or why someone is moving in with you and why they need a new place to live is vital if there was ever a roommate. It’s possible that they were at fault if their responses to these inquiries are evasive or they appear unwilling to talk about it.

Overly Messy House

If you are responding to a roommate ad, have a look at the living situation before committing to anything. While there, make sure the surroundings are clean, not just the surfaces. Keep a lookout for evidence that items are not being cleaned regularly, such as ceiling fans that are covered in dust or a sink filled with dirty dishes. If the rented home is unclean, it is sufficient reason to leave.

Lack of Job or References

In addition to asking the potential roommate about themselves, inquire about their employment and request at least three references. If they do not have a job and are averse to providing references, this is a red flag. Even though it could feel awkward, it’s the only way to prevent being stuck with a roommate who won’t be able to cover their share of the rent each month.

Significant Other

Consider whether your prospective housemate has a significant other and the amount of time that person spends in the residence. A roommate’s significant other may spend so much time in the apartment that they essentially pay no rent for it. In particular, if they are obtrusive or boisterous, you might not be inclined to consent to this arrangement.

Listen to Your Intuition

A potential roommate may seem perfect on paper, but when meeting in person, a strange vibe may develop. Even if you can’t immediately see what’s wrong, that uneasy feeling could be your intuition warning you that something is wrong. If you do not feel comfortable, the best course of action is to follow your instincts and seek elsewhere.

Living with roommates can be difficult, but finding the correct one can enhance your life! Are you trying to find a place to rent where you may live with one or two roommates? Nearby quality rental homes are available from Real Property Management Agile. Contact our office or check out our listings online .

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