Roommate Moving Out Early? Now What?

nik-shuliahin-251237Don’t fret if your roommate is moving out of the apartment early. It’s not you, it’s probably them.

People move out early for all sorts of reasons like: job transfers/relocation, can’t afford the rent, personal issues, etc.

If you were living with only one roommate the day they move out; celebrate! You have the place all to yourself, so why not take advantage of it while it lasts?

I say “while it lasts” because you may find yourself a new roommate sooner than later if you need someone to split the rent with. Odds are, you won’t be alone for long.

Let’s say your roommate gives you a late notice that they are moving out early. Make sure they pay the rest of the rent and utility fees they owe and pay for any damages they may have caused to the apartment while living there. Also, make sure to double check with your landlord or property manager that they allow subleasing to take over your roommate’s place. You don’t want to risk breaking your lease.

Finding a replacement roommate can be hard, but there are many resources out there to help you go through the process again. There are websites like Roomie Match, Easy Roommate, and even Reddit which allow you to post that you are looking for a roommate and to connect with potential roommates. If you don’t feel comfortable reaching out to strangers on the internet, try finding a roommate through family and friends. If your best friend’s sister’s cousin is looking for a roommate, take them up on the offer! At least you know them through a friend so they are able to vouch for their character.

At the end of the day, if you decide that living alone may be the way to go, then shoot for it. Not dealing with another person in a living space can decrease your stress levels and gives you a little more free-range than you had before. If you plan on picking up the full rent and utility fees for your apartment after your roommate moves out early, make sure you landlord or property management company is aware.

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Victoria Naranjo

Victoria Naranjo

Victoria is a full-time student at Bridgewater College and writer for Apartment Showcase.

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