The Rhode Island roommate agreement (“room rental agreement”) is a contract between two or more tenants sharing a rental property (“co-tenant”). This document establishes the financial responsibilities of each tenant as well as detailed terms and conditions for the shared space.
When a tenant decides that paying the rent and the utilities for a unit on their own is too difficult to manage, they can ask a roommate to move in and share the cost of the unit with them. The rent is typically split based on the size of the bedroom that each person has. So, if there are two equal-sized bedrooms on the property, then both roommates will pay half of the rent. The same is true for the utilities and any other expenses that the roommates will need to share. This will make living in the unit much more manageable, especially if there are multiple bedrooms that can be rented out.
What to Include in a Rhode Island Roommate Agreement
- The date that the roommate arrangement begins and the last day of the lease.
- Whether or not the lease can be renewed when the current terms expire.
- The names of all of the roommates that will be living on the premises.
- The amount of rent that each roommate will be responsible for paying.
- The security deposit that each person needs to pay.
- How the utilities for the house are divided.
- The terms of the original lease. This should include parking rules, pet rules, and more.
- House rules that the other roommates have agreed to have. This can include a cleaning and cooking schedule as well.
- The printed name and signature of all of the roommates.
Roommate’s Rights in Rhode Island
When a roommate signs a roommate agreement, they will be given some rights, but they are not typically given as many rights as the person who signs the lease. They will have the right to live in a safe unit that follows all of the health and safety codes of the state. They will have the right to heat and hot water in the unit, and if they do not get these things, the roommate, whether they are on the lease or not, will have the option of taking the landlord to court.