My housing experience has been me and my roommates signing leases with our landlord together. I am going to move soon, and am interested in a 2br apartment with $850 rent. The landlord of that apartment requires only one tenant to sign the lease with him. Suppose I will find someone to be my roommate, and I wonder what I need to consider in order to protect my interest, in case of me not finding a roommate for some month(s), and/or my future roommate turning out to be irresponsible?
Shall I ask my future roommate to pay more than what his/her bedroom is worth (e.g. more than half of the apartment's rent), or we just pay half to half?
Do I need to let my future roommate know the actual rent I pay to the landlord?
Can I ask my future roommate for security deposit for both rent and utility?
Is it better that I ask my future roommate to sign a lease with me?
- What else do I need to consider?
Thanks and regards!