Finding a Roommate During COVID-19
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Finding apartments in Tallahassee during COVID-19 has definitely changed. Most businesses around the world are having to adjust to a new way of doing business, apartment leasing included. While virtual tours are becoming the norm and signing leases virtually too, you also have to think of how that has impacted finding a roommate. In addition to the normal roommate screening process, think of asking these questions to vet your roommate too.
Have you been social distancing?
During these uncertain times, people have different philosophies on social distancing, so it's important to make sure your roommate is on the same page as you. If you're looking for a roommate who has remained completely quarantined then it's important to convey that. If you are ok with someone who has socialized with groups of 10 or less, then convey that as well.
Have you been tested for COVID-19?
If you're concerned about COVID-19 or are in one of the designated immune-compromised groups, you may want to ask your potential roommate if they've been tested for the virus. You can even suggest that you both get tested. The county has even recently opened a drive-through testing site.
What are your thoughts on visitors to our apartment right now?
It's important that you are both on the same page regarding visitors. Discuss the specifics, if you're ok with visitors to the apartment and what parameters for those visitors. Do you want only people that have been tested and cleared allowed? Are you ok with visitors that have been quarantining? Or are you ok with a more relaxed rule of 10 people or less? If they do like to have people over will that affect renting Tallahassee apartments that have a noise policy?
What is your current work situation?
With the new atmosphere, many jobs are currently working from home. However, it's important to know if that's the norm for your potential roommate or if it's temporary. Sharing your Tallahassee apartment with a roommate who is home all week will present a few additional challenges. For example, does your apartment floor plan allow space to set up a private workspace for your roommate? You also might want to inquire as to what type of job they have. If they don't work from home are you ok with that? Do they work full time or do they go to school as well?
Do you know or have you been in close contact with anyone that has tested positive for coronavirus?
The current recommendation is that anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should quarantine themselves for 14 days. However, you may want to ask your potential roommate if they've known anyone that has had the virus. And also, how long ago they were diagnosed.
Have you been out of the country recently or plan to travel?
If your potential roommate is flying from another state are you ok with them moving in right away? Do they plan to go on a European vacation soon? Have they just arrived back from a semester abroad in Spain? These are all potential questions you may want to ask.
How to Find a Roommate for your Tallahassee Apartments search
If you're struggling about where to begin your search for a roommate, we've got your covered. We've narrowed down apartments that offer roommate matching when you sign a lease.