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First Stab at a Housemate Contract

OK, here I will begin to list the nuts and bolts of the housemate contract that I will have my new housemate sign when she arrives on Saturday. Please comment and let me know what you think is essential to specify when allowing a stranger to move into your homespace. Thanks.

--deposit of $500 to be kept until the household is dissolved or the housemate moves peaceably out with full notice, keys have been returned and damages/cleaning needs have been assessed (deposit will not be used for last month's rent)
--wireless internet, electricity, gas, water, garbage service are included in this rent
--rent of $500 due in the first week of each month you intend to stay, penalties of $20/day if you more than 7 days after the ____th of the month in delivering your rent to my hands
--if the price of utilities or rent increases such that the total of rent plus utilities exceeds $1000, I will increase rent accordingly, giving 30 days notice of the increase
--this contract may be dissolved by either party with 30 days notice
--no pets unless we discuss it ahead of time and agree (beyond the one cat that I already have)
--no overnight visitors unless I am informed ahead of time
--no visitors are to stay longer than 2 days without prior agreement
--my books are available for your use on the premises (do not remove books from house)

other things to discuss with housemate:
--all of this can be modified by mutual agreement
--cleanliness of public spaces (OK to be messy in your room, please help keep the rest clean)
----kitchen (dishes, fridge)
----steps and porch
----in front of house
--quiet hours 9-7
--need for quiet footsteps as we are upstairs, esp on steps
--wireless is off at night
--garbage and recycling go out to the curb on Wednesday night for Thursday morning pickup
--garden space available on request
--the central heat is not very effective: a primer on when/how to use it
--for household supplies we may use a system by which we both contribute to a kitty and buy common supplies from the kitty. If anything is purchased for the household from kitty funds, please replace the cash with a receipt.
--please leave the door to my room cracked open so the cat can get to her food
--interest in regular meditation group at our house?
--please do not enter my room when I am not present, and I will give you the same respect
--if you need help with something, please ask (I'm not a mind reader)



Sep. 5th, 2008 03:27 am (UTC)
Yes! The wireless for free is a good deal for her and then there's no way she can complain about the router being turned off at night. Your reason for wanting it off at night makes complete sense to me.

Sounds like you have a good contract.



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