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House Rules

House Rules

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Frequently Asked Questions
If smoking will not be allowed in the residence, consider acceptable smoking areas for residents or guests who do smoke (e.g. on the balcony, on the porch, in the backyard).

What if, when smoking outside, the smoke drifts inside and leaves a smell in the residence anyway? What if the smoking area becomes crowded and makes it difficult for people to enter or exit the residence? Consider potential difficulties in advance where possible.
Roommates may wish to consider:
- What is considered a "party" and what is an informal gathering? If a roommate brings a couple of friends over late at night and they drink for a couple of hours, is it considered a party? Should it be allowed?
- When are parties allowed (e.g. anytime, weekends only) and what arrangements must be made in advance with other roommates?
- Is there an established guest list for the party/gathering?
- Who will clean up after the party and when should the cleanup be completed?
Decide before you move in when the "quiet hours" will be — at what time will the TV and stereo have to be turned down (e.g. 10 p.m. weeknights; midnight on weekends)? Also, decide on a time for quiet hours to end in the morning (e.g. 8 a.m. weekdays; 10 a.m. weekends).Roommates may wish to consider:
- If allowed to stay over, where will guests sleep?
- How much notice is needed before a guest stays overnight?
- How do you reserve common areas such as the living room couch?
- How many nights of sleepover is too long a stay?
- How should roommates address unwanted guests?
- Do the other roommates have the right to request that the host only see unwanted guests outside of the property?
Roommates may wish to consider:
- Can personal items such as stereos, TVs, kitchen equipment, bikes, and motor vehicles be shared?
- Can roommates borrow each other's clothes, books, CDs, etc? Must they get permission each time?

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The following roommates (collectively the "Roommates" and individually the "Roommate") have signed this Roommate Agreement (this "Agreement") on the ________ day of ________________, ________ for the following property:

________________________________________________________________ (the "Premises").

Roommate No. 1: _______________________
Roommate No. 2: _______________________
  2. The Roommates acknowledge that one or more Roommates have signed a lease agreement with ____________________, the landlord(s) for the Premises, which commenced on July 19, 2024 and ends on July 19, 2024 (the "Residential Lease Agreement").
  3. This Agreement establishes the rights and responsibilities that the Roommates have with respect to each other. It does not replace or eliminate the rights and responsibilities arising from the Residential Lease Agreement.
  4. Except as provided in this Agreement, the Roommates are liable among themselves jointly and severally for all duties and obligations of a tenant under the Residential Lease Agreement.
  5. TERM
  6. The term of this Agreement ends on July 20, 2024.
  7. RENT
  8. The rent for the Premises is $______________ per week, due and payable on ____________________ of each week (the "Rent").
  9. All Roommates agree that if any act or failure to act by any of them results in any late fees or costs for failure to pay the Rent, including costs of collection, the Roommate(s) who paid late or who did not pay the Rent will be jointly and severally responsible for all costs and fees of the Roommates who paid on time.
  11. The Roommates have collectively paid a security deposit in the amount of: $____________.
  12. Any deductions from the deposit will be shared by all the Roommates in proportion to the amount of deposit paid. However, any damage caused by one of the Roommates and/or their guests will be paid only by that Roommate and will accordingly be deducted from that Roommate's portion of the security deposit.
  13. Each Roommate understands that, unless there is an explicit agreement with the landlord to the contrary, the landlord is obligated only to return the deposit to any one of the Roommates. Each Roommate agrees that if he or she is the one to whom the landlord returns the deposit, he or she will immediately return to the other Roommates their share of the deposit.
  14. Each Roommate agrees to repair and/or pay for any damage he or she causes to the Premises. Each Roommate agrees that if the landlord makes deductions from the security deposit for which that Roommate is responsible, he or she will reimburse the other Roommates for the resulting loss of deposit money.
  16. The Roommates agree that they share a duty to pay for the utilities that are not included in the Rent.
  17. The Roommates understand that if one or more of them does not pay his or her share of a utility bill, the other Roommate(s) must pay the unpaid share(s) or the utility may be discontinued. Each Roommate agrees that if other Roommate(s) pay his or her share of a utility bill, he or she will reimburse the other Roommate(s) as quickly as possible. Each Roommate agrees to pay his or her full share of any utility bill incurred during his or her occupancy of the Premises on or before the date payment is due.
  18. Copies of all bills will be provided for inspection to any Roommate who requests to see the bills. All bills will be kept in a safe place agreed upon by all Roommates to ensure they are available in the event of dispute.
  20. All Roommates agree to act reasonably in their dealings with each other and to refrain from any behaviour, action or inaction that they know, or reasonably ought to know, will interfere with the other Roommates' quiet enjoyment. All Roommates agree to discuss concerns frankly and in a timely manner, and to refrain from emotional outbursts. Should negotiation become necessary, all Roommates agree to negotiate in good faith. All Roommates agree to respect each others' property, privacy and sleep schedules and to comply with all reasonable requests wherever possible.
  22. No Roommate has the authority to force another Roommate to involuntarily end his or her occupation or tenancy unless otherwise agreed in writing.

We, the undersigned, hereby indicate by our signatures below that:

  • we have read this full agreement;
  • we understand all it contains; and
  • we agree to be bound by its terms and conditions.

Roommate 1

Roommate 2



Last Updated April 27, 2023

Roommate Agreement Information

Alternate Names

A Roommate Agreement is also called a:

  • House Rules Contract
  • Shared Living Agreement
  • Housemate Agreement

What is a Roommate Agreement?

A Roommate Agreement is a written contract that establishes the rights and responsibilities of people who share a living space. With a written agreement, the parties have a clear understanding of household rules and expectations, helping them avoid unspoken assumptions and potential disputes.

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What are the benefits of creating a Roommate Agreement?

A Roommate Agreement is beneficial for several reasons:

  • It establishes living arrangements and expectations
  • It makes clear house rules and restrictions
  • It supports roommates who wish to reinforce rules amicably
  • It lessens any anxieties or doubts about a living arrangement

It's best to communicate terms and conditions with your roommate at the beginning of your relationship to avoid potential arguments down the road, and reviewing a Roommate Agreement together encourages a constructive dialogue early on. Once you've discussed the agreement, all parties should understand house rules regarding things like quiet hours, guests, rent, utilities, chores, and more.

A Roommate Agreement also helps roommates reinforce house rules. For instance, if one roommate stops performing a certain chore, the other roommate might politely point to the agreement to remind them of their agreed-upon responsibilities.

It's easier to reinforce rules, avoid conflict, and maintain a healthy relationship with your roommate when you discuss things in advance. Many couples find a Roommate Agreement helpful when they first move in with their girlfriend or boyfriend. Such agreements help to lessen anxieties or doubts about a new living arrangement.

Is a Roommate Agreement legally enforceable?

Some terms in your Roommate Agreement may be legally enforceable. For example, you might be able to take legal action against a roommate who has failed to pay their share of the rent. With a written agreement as evidence, you can show that your roommate previously agreed to certain financial obligations.

However, creating a Roommate Agreement often helps roommates avoid legal battles by clearly outlining terms in the first place.

How do you draft a Roommate Agreement?

To draft a comprehensive Roommate Agreement, you should include information about:

  • Any existing Lease Agreements
  • Financial obligations
  • House rules
  • Termination (i.e., eviction)

LawDepot's Roommate Agreement walks you through a set of questions so that you can easily customize these terms and others to suit your situation.

If you and your roommate are tenants under a lease, it helps to verify each party's lease obligations in your Roommate Agreement. This verification may be even more important if only one roommate has signed the lease agreement. By including lease information, both roommates become aware of the tenant obligations that they both must uphold and respect.

It's also helpful to lay the groundwork for financial obligations (such as security deposits, utilities, and rent), house rules, and termination. Problems often arise when one roommate does not meet expectations. Laying out these terms not only clarifies each roommate's obligations, but also allows for one roommate to terminate the other's tenancy if they fail to meet those expectations.

What is the difference between a lease and a Roommate Agreement?

Although a Lease Agreement and a Roommate Agreement both specify the terms and conditions of a living arrangement, a Lease Agreement only documents the relationship between a landlord and tenant—not the relationship between two tenants.

In contrast, a Roommate Agreement might highlight the key terms from a Lease Agreement as well as its own terms. This contract is between the people who share a home; unless the landlord also lives in the home, the landlord is generally not a party to a Roommate Agreement, though it may include their contact information.

In sum, a Lease Agreement helps landlords and tenants manage a rental property while a Roommate Agreement helps people manage daily living in a shared space.

What are my rights as a roommate?

If roommates wish to retain the same rights that tenants have under residential tenancy legislation, they both must sign a Lease Agreement with their landlord. Without signing the agreement, a roommate may not have the same rights and protections granted to tenants.

For example, if you're the only one to sign a Lease Agreement and your roommate fails to pay their share of the rent, your landlord will hold you responsible for the full payment—not your roommate. However, if both you and your roommate sign the lease, you will be equally accountable for upholding its terms.

A Roommate Agreement helps protect roommates in general by ensuring there is documentation of the contract between them. If one roommate fails to uphold their end of the agreement (such as paying rent), the other roommate might be able to take legal action for a breach of contract; in this case, a Roommate Agreement would be crucial evidence in court.

Related Documents:

  • Residential Lease Agreement: outlines the terms of a residential tenancy between a landlord and tenant
  • Tenant Notices: tenants use these forms to give notice to their landlord regarding intent to vacate, needed repairs, or an immediate termination of the lease
  • Lease Assignment: transfers a tenant's entire interest that they have in a property to a third party
  • Residential Sublease Agreement: transfers a tenant's property rights to a third party, known as a subtenant, for the remainder of the residential lease term
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