Learn about your responsibilities as a tenant and the responsibilities of your landlord and any roommate(s).
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A tenant is responsible for:
- Paying rent on time
- Keeping the premises clean and undamaged
- Disposing of garbage and trash properly (unless the landlord has agreed to do this)
- Using all electrical, gas, and plumbing fixtures properly and keeping them as clean as their condition permits
- Keeping any person you've permitted on the premises from willfully damaging the premises or the facilities
- Using each room only for its intended purpose
- Informing the landlord of all roommate changes
To make sure your experience as a tenant is as enjoyable as possible:
- Be respectful of your landlord so that conflicts are easily resolved. If you are going to be late paying your rent, contact your landlord, explain the situation, and provide a date when you can pay.
- Obey the laws of your neighborhood, apartment complex, or homeowner's association.
- Keep the peace with your neighbors. Excessive noise is a valid reason for eviction.
You and your roommate(s) should:
- Be careful about sharing expenses for things like refrigerators or furniture. (What will happen when one or more roommates move out?)
- Decide how monthly bills (utilities, rent, etc.) will be divided and who is responsible for making sure the bill is paid. Keep track of who paid deposits for different utilities.
- Discuss the division of household duties. A cleaning schedule (dividing chores daily or weekly) is an effective way to do this.
- Talk about groceries and sharing food. Often, roommates will agree that everyone is responsible for their own grocery shopping, and food is generally not shared.
- Sign a roommate agreement clarifying responsibilities and setting ground rules for your home.