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6 Red Flags Regarding Roommates

Cudahy Roommates Arguing Over Dirty DishesIf you are taking into account sharing a Cudahy rental home with a roommate, it’s helpful to exactly know what to look for. Even though terrible roommates are rare, there are a good deal of horror stories around to make anyone think twice before sharing their home with a stranger. The opposite is also true: In most cases, roommates turn to become some of the most devoted friends you’ll ever have.

Conceding there are no guarantees, there are red flags you can certainly look for to help grasp well what type of roommate any person might be. Here are just a few obvious things you can identify that can be truly helpful for you in spotting a horrible roommate.

1.   Badly Written Ad

Not all of us are that good at writing ads, still, a poorly written or incomplete ad may signify that the person who posted it is hiding something or isn’t apt to dedicate much effort to even small tasks. Either way, an ad filled with misspellings or one that is missing basic information about the rental situation may be a sure sign of trouble ahead. Keep in mind that Real Property Management does not advertise on Craigslist. Always apply directly from our website.

2.   Answers to Questions are Vague or Inconsistent

Another red flag to be aware of is while asking questions about the roommate or rental arrangements. It’s principally very important to ask why the last roommate left (if there was one) or why they are moving in with you and why they need a new place to live. If their answers to these straightforward questions are vague or they seem unwilling to talk about it, probably, they were somehow at fault.

3.   Messy House

If you are responding to an ad for a roommate, conscientiously check out the living conditions before you ever decide to commit to anything. At the time of your visit, determine the cleanliness of the space – and not just on the surface. If it is possible, determine if there are signs that things are not being cleaned as regularly as you’d like, by way of example dusty ceiling fans or dirty dishes piled in the sink. If the rental house is untidy, that’s the sign to walk away. Nobody wants to lose out on a security deposit because of a bad roommate.

4.   No Job or References

Along with asking the roommate about themselves, ask about the potential roommate’s job and for at least two references. If they don’t seem to have a job or are hesitating to provide references, both are red flags that something isn’t right. Even if asking questions relating to a person’s finances may feel awkward, it’s the ideal way to keep away from getting trapped with a roommate that won’t be able to pay their portion of the rent each month. If, in any case, you are applying for a rental through RPM Greater Milwaukee, our screening process encloses landlord references to look out for prior tenant behaviors.

5.   Significant Other

Another imperative thing you should recognize is whether your potential roommate has a significant other and how much time that person spends in the house. In a few cases, a roommate’s significant other will spend a long period of time in the place where they practically live rent-free. This may not be an arrangement that you are favorable towards, especially if they are noisy or disruptive.

In the case of a landlord-tenant relationship, a significant other should ALWAYS submit an application. Otherwise, this may be a case of an unauthorized tenant which may be grounds to terminate your leases.

6.   Listen to Your Intuition

Now and then a person may truly feel like the ideal roommate on paper, but when you meet them, something feels off. That antsy feeling would be your intuition telling you something is not right, even if you can’t immediately see what it is. The best action you can do is listen to your gut and go look elsewhere if you don’t feel comfortable.


Living with roommates can certainly be a challenge and a concern, but finding the right one could make your life even better! Are you going in search of a rental home that you could share with a roommate or two? RPM Real Property Management Greater Milwaukee has an inventory of quality rental properties near you. Besides that, our thorough tenant screening process helps eliminate red flags. Browse our rentals and apply online today.

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