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Roommates (by Detra [DC]) Mar 28, 2017 7:22 AM
       Roommates (by Amy [MO]) Mar 28, 2017 7:51 AM
       Roommates (by S i d [MO]) Mar 28, 2017 8:25 AM
       Roommates (by cjl [NY]) Mar 28, 2017 10:07 AM
       Roommates (by Richard [MI]) Mar 28, 2017 12:31 PM
       Roommates (by Detra [DC]) Mar 28, 2017 5:45 PM

Roommates (by Detra [DC]) Posted on: Mar 28, 2017 7:22 AM

State Specific Question About: I am already sick of this roommate situation. One has moved out, two are left. Can I tell the person I rented to that I do not want her to replace the one that moved out. I rented the house to her ONLY. But a month after she moved in she asked to have roommates. I agreed because her salary wasn't quite 3 times the rent and I felt this would make the situation more stable. It is a three bedroom house. --100.15.xx.xx

Roommates (by Amy [MO]) Posted on: Mar 28, 2017 7:51 AM

Maybe it's just my market, but single people here rarely rent a 3 bedroom house unless they have other people in mind. People who you probably would not rent to because of credit, criminal past, or other things that your regular screening would have picked up. You need to know and do your regular check on each additional person that comes through the door.

What is the situation that you would not consider checking out and renting to another

roommate? Drugs, noise, property damage?

Roommates (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Mar 28, 2017 8:25 AM

What does your lease say about non-leasee's living at the property (i.e. Guest policy)? When you said, "she asked to have roommates. I agreed..." was that in writing? Was it just for one specific person or for anyone? Etc.

Methinks you kind of did this situation on a handshake and it's now coming back to bite you. Do it right next time: write it up!

Also, why don't you like the roommate situation? The worst thing you've told us so far is someone moved out and one roommate remains. Are they throwing keggers at all hours, annoying the neighbors, etc.

There's not enough detail in this post to provide a helpful answer. The only thing I can suggest is if there is damage, illegal activity, or rent isn't being paid, boot them all ASAP.

Roommates (by cjl [NY]) Posted on: Mar 28, 2017 10:07 AM

If there are going to be additional people living in the apartment/house/building that are currently NOT in the lease then I advise them that they need to complete an application and go through screening BEFORE they move in. They must be approved and sign/understand the lease.

I don't just "allow" people to move in and out randomly. I have a right to know not only who is living in/on my property but how many and that I allow them to reside there.

If you "want" to have her be able to afford this place and stay it sounds as if you (were) ok with her and kind of expected her to get roommates. I would follow the advice of approving them ... don't just let her pick who is going to bunk there. Regardless of how good she is. Good people make bad choices all of the time.

Roommates (by Richard [MI]) Posted on: Mar 28, 2017 12:31 PM

These days, most people don't make even $15 per hour unless they have skills in high demand. Yet, most landlords would like to get the most rent possible. As prices for housing continue to climb, rents go up. The only thing not going up at the same rate is wages.

So, we must either rent only to highly paid tenants or We must have cheap houses or We must accept the idea of roommates.

Recently there was an article discussing clever people who were renting large places and then stuffing them with roommates and making good profits doing it.

So, either rent to doctors and nurses, have low cost (under 40K) houses or have roommates.

Seems to me there's not a lot of other choices. How can you pay 150K+ per unit and rent to someone making $15 per hour?

Roommates (by Detra [DC]) Posted on: Mar 28, 2017 5:45 PM

Thanks for the advice.


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