Authored By: Texas Tenants Advisor; Austin Tenants Council
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Many tenants do not realize the importance of careful roommate selection. Just because someone seems like a nice person on a social level, it doesn’t necessarily mean he will make a good roommate. A good roommate must be trustworthy. When two or more people sign a lease, they assume important personal and financial responsibilities to the landlord and to each other.
Roommate conflicts can make living together an intolerable situation. Nothing is worse than having to deal with the daily grind of life only to return home to a constant, raging battle. Roommate conflicts arise for many reasons, but primarily they come either from misunderstandings or poor roommate selection.
Everyone has expectations about how a household should run and how people should conduct themselves. From person to person, these expectations are often very different. Therefore, it is important that roommates have compatible lifestyles. Lifestyle issues such as how noisy or quiet roommates are expected to be, sleeping schedules, cleanliness, drinking, smoking, parties, overnight guests, pets, etc. can create intense conflict. Frequently, roommates begin as friends and leave as adversaries because they simply are not compatible. Careful consideration and clear expectations are essential before deciding to live with someone.