I live in a nice size comfortable home alone. One of my best girlfriends, who was recently divorced and don't have any children, is looking for a place to stay. She asked if I could rent her a room. What do I need to know up front? Allowing Friend to Move In, Washington, DC
Dear Allowing Friend to Move In:
Consider asking for a deposit in case of any damage or repairs to her room. Then you need to set some ground rules. Have a meeting with your new roommate and discuss keeping common areas clean. If you have ever seen the “Odd Couple,” then you know that a slob and clean freak don’t match.
Discuss other things such as taking out the trash, personal space, borrowing things, if pets are allowed, tardy rent payments and other important issues to you.