The Nebraska roommate agreement (“room rental agreement”) is a binding legal document used by two or more tenants in a shared living situation. This contract informs each co-tenant of their financial expectations, social obligations, and other rules and conditions associated with the shared living space.
Roommate agreements also provide tenants with social partnerships, and the agreements also provide protections and rights that might not have been in place for individuals that did not sign the original lease.
What to Include in a Nebraska Roommate Agreement
- The date of the agreement. In addition to this, a section indicating if the lease can be renewed can be included.
- The name of add-on roommates.
- The name of the master lease signer. This is the original lessee in the unit.
- The names of the existing roommates. This area should have extra spaces for extra names.
- The address of the property including any identifying characteristics like side streets.
- The term of the agreement. This should have the start and end dates associated with the lease.
- The breakdown of the security deposit and how much each roommate owes. Also, include rules on returning the deposit including how deductions from the deposit can be used for repairs.
- The monthly rent breakdown. Some roommates may pay less because they are allotted less space.
- The utilities that each roommate will be responsible for paying. This will clearly state how much each roommate owes for services as well as who is responsible for each utility.
- The signature section will not only will have space for signatures but also the printed names of the roommates and the dates of signing. This section indicates consent.
Roommate’s Rights in Nebraska
Unfortunately, in many circumstances, the original lease only provides palpable rights to those that signed it, and in most situations, this is usually one or two people. To counter this, a roommate agreement provides rights and protections for add-on lessees, and the document is a legally binding contract between all the cohabitants of the unit. This will bind the additional tenants to the leaseholder so that they are granted similar rights as the lease signers. This means that a roommate can sue for unsafe living conditions and it can ensure that all of the roommates are compliant with the rules set forward in the original lease document.