A Roommate Agreement is a document used when two or more people are moving into a shared space and would like to outline the rights and responsibilities of each person moving in. While a lease agreement covers the rights and responsibilities of the tenants in relation to the landlord, it often does not cover the relationships between the roommates themselves. 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 common features of a roommate contract include moving out, noise, overnight guests, household chores, space, rent and food sharing to name a few. We will further discuss the kind of elements that you need to add in the contract in detail below. Imagine your roommate walking in with their friend for a night stay and that overnight stay turns them into a permanent guest at your apartment. They might start sharing your things, space and other utilities. If someone wants to get out of the lease early, they’ll need to work with the landlord directly. Depending on the terms of the rental agreement, the security deposit may not be refunded until a new tenant moves in to replace them.