I have a roommate in mind, but I don't know him very well. Is there a way to protect myself if he doesn't pay his fair share of the bills?

Finding a decent roommate is enough of a pain, and then you have to worry if they will pay their bills on time! You dont' want to risk getting evicted because someone else didn't hold up their end of the lease. For this reason, many apartments will offer individual leases. This means you agree only to pay your portion of the rent. If your roommate does not pay their portion they will get charged late fees, not you.


Another option for finding a roommate is to use roommate matching. Most FSU apartment communities offer this option. You fill out a questionnaire about your lifestyle, schedule, and likes and dislikes then they match you up with suitable roommate.  

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