August 20, 2006 9:01 PM Subscribe
Roommate-filter: I've been in the same apartment (without a lease) in NYC for 9 years. It's time for a new roommate. What can I do to protect myself from psychos and other difficult roommate situations?
posted by fingers_of_fire to home & garden (9 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
For the most part, my landlord and I get along fine - I'm a low-maintenance tenant, he keeps the rent relatively low. Since I've been in my apartment for so long, I feel like it's my place, and I think my landlord would agree. However, without a lease, my understanding is that, from a legal perspective, my roommate and I would be on equal footing. I'll of course vet candidates and try to weed out any potential problems, but can anyone recommend any other precautions I should take to protect myself from worst case scenarios? Also, what questions should I ask? What behaviors should I be on the lookout for?