You have found a truly amazing apartment, but discovered that the monthly fee is too much. So you have a plan to find someone who is willing to share the costs. Before you are going down this road, you should be aware of some things:
- Sharing an apartment is good, but the owner should also know how many people are living there. Always contact the owner and make sure they are OK with it. This also helps to prevent problems with the owner later on. In some cases, the owner actually is offering a room in a shared apartment. This info is usually mentioned in the advert also.
- Make sure that all tenants are written into the contract. The contract form is usually the same as renting the apartment alone. There can be one main contract and contract for every tenancy separately. In this case, ask for the main contract also. Remember, renting an apartment together means you share the responsibilities. Being late with rent more than two times means the owner can cancel your contract.
- Most of the times people are already living in an apartment and they looking for someone to share their expenses. They hold main contract and usually are the ones, who pay all of the expenses. They take care contacting the owner and making sure that everything is okay. The main contract holder has also more to worry about. Be nice to them. They have taken a huge risk sharing their living space with someone. If you are late with your payment, someone else has to pay your share. Make sure you meet all tenants before signing your lease. Check out the apartment and the living conditions before! Always ask to see apartment beforehand.
- If something seems too good to be true, it usually is. Never pay anything until you have not seen apartment, contract and people sharing this place with you. In dormitories, there are supervisors, but in the apartment it is really hard to manage, if you do not trust other tenant. If you cannot check the place out yourself, ask help from your local coordinator.