Roommate Accounts are for people seeking a roommate or to post an ad for a room for rent in their home where they share the kitchen, bathroom, and other common areas. Find out how to sign up by clicking “How It Works”.
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This form is useful when there are multiple renters whose names are on the lease.
This form is useful for when there is one roommate whose name is on the lease and another is a co-tenant who is sub-leasing.
These are some suggested questions you can ask while interviewing families or individuals for shared housing arrangements.
This is a 20 page downloadable pdf from the Mass.gov website that provides basic information for both landlords and tenants.
This is a 74 page downloadable pdf with landlord tenant information and advice.
Check the Resources section for sample roommate contracts.
Lease terms (how long the contract last), depends on what you agree on: is it for one year, six months, or month-to-month?
You can include childcare arrangements where you agree to provide childcare regularly for each other free of cost, or you can use childcare to pay for groceries or utilities.
Make sure you include agreements about parenting styles in order to avoid conflict. For example and agreement that children go to bed at a certain hour or that they have dietary restrictions
Special instructions for limitations on guests and visitors are important additions to a roommate contract. Include a limitation on how many overnight guests are allowed. Note that a standard rent contract only allows for overnight guests to stay 2 weeks in a calendar year, if not stated in the lease. Don’t risk a lease violation by having too many overnight guests.