Panda Tip: This Roommate Rental Agreement is designed for a situation where one roommate holds a lease for the property and is bringing in a roommate that will not be on the lease agreement. Roommate’s obligations are to the Primary Tenant, and the Primary Tenant’s will be to the actual Landlord. Moreover, the lease agreement does not decide the behavior of the roommates towards each other. Since the behavior of the tenants does not violate the law, roommates are free to do anything. In addition to that, it is likely that your roommate can leave the apartment and never return, leaving you to pay the rent. The new Roommate must also sign this Agreement, as well as contribute a portion to the security deposit for the dwelling, which portion will go immediately to the departing Roommate. If a replacement Roommate cannot be found, the departing Roommate may not receive their portion of the security deposit back until the natural termination of the lease, and may not be released from any rights and responsibilities with respect to this Roommate agreement. The landlord will not be held accountable for any damages or injury to the tenant(s) unless it has been due to the negligence of the landlord. Furthermore, it is recommended that the tenant(s) obtain renter’s insurance at their own expense. As a final recourse, you and your roommates may have a legal right to sue your departing roommate for any money you pay to cover the rent he/she would have paid. If you had a written or oral agreement that all of you would stay in the apartment throughout the duration of the lease, then you can sue that roommate for breach of contract or agreement.