The questions to ask a potential roommate before signing a lease agreement

July 19, 2023

Explore the key questions to ask to find the best roommate for your new apartment

Finding a compatible roommate can be a challenging task, but it’s crucial to ensure a peaceful and comfortable living environment. 

Before signing a lease agreement with a potential roommate, there are several questions that you should ask to determine if you’re a good match. Get started by exploring our topics of conversation below:

Basic Information

Gathering the basics such as their name, age, occupation, and contact information is a good place to start when looking for a potential roommate. It is also essential to know about their current living situation, ask for references, and to be able to discuss their commitment to staying within the lease term’s agreed period.

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Lifestyle Habits 

Prior to moving in with someone, one of the most important topics to discuss is their lifestyle habits. Asking them questions about their daily routines, sleeping habits, cleanliness, and organizational habits is essential to cultivating a healthy living environment. Questions like this includes: 

  • What’s your daily routine?
  • What conditions do you require to sleep? 
  • How neat or messy are you?
  • How do you feel about hosting guests or parties at our place? 
  • Are you a smoker or have any specific habits that might affect our living environment?

Financial Responsibilities 

When looking for a potential roommate, it is important to ask questions that will give you an idea of their financial responsibility. Here are a few key questions you should ask:

  • How will you be able to cover rent and your portion of the bills each month? Do you have a stable source of income?
  • Are you comfortable with sharing household expenses such as groceries and cleaning supplies?
  • Have you ever had trouble paying bills on time?

Asking these questions can help ensure that you choose a roommate who is financially responsible and eliminates the stress of not being able to pay for rent. 

Communication Style

Effective communication is essential to resolving conflicts that may arise between roommates. You should first discuss the preferred methods of communication and agree on different approaches that will be used to resolve conflicts. A few example questions include: 

  • What is your preferred method of communication (phone call, text…)?
  • How would you prioritize the following activities: work, play, clean, and rest?
  • Do you have any past experiences with roommates, and what did you learn from them? 
  • Do you often work from home or require a quiet environment?
  • Are you involved in any activities or hobbies that might affect our living arrangements? 

Agreeing upon a cleaning schedule and specific cleaning responsibilities amongst a potential roommate also alleviates any potential future conflict. It can also be helpful to discuss a policy for guests such as if overnight guests are allowed and how far in advance you need to ask one another about people visiting.


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