Tips for Telling Your Roommate You're Moving Out

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How to Tell Your Roommate You're Moving Out

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If you have decided to move out of your apartment with your roommate--especially before your lease is over--your decision may be met with some scorn. Finding a new roommate can be a hassle, and your roommate may not be able to afford the apartment alone. If you have to break the news to your roommate that your cohabitation will soon be over, read on for some helpful tips to let him or her know gently.

Make sure to give appropriate notice

If you plan on moving out of your apartment, it's best to let your roommate know your plans as soon as possible so she can find a new roommate or make her own plans to move out as well if the lease is ending.  If she is remaining in the rental, she may also need to figure out how to come up with your half of the rent. The more time you give her to adjust to this major change, the better.

Discuss why you're leaving

It's courteous and polite to sit down with your roommate and explain why you are moving out. You might have found a new job, decided to move in with your partner, or you're simply ready to have your own place. If you are moving out because things have soured between you and your roommate, it's still a good idea to sit down and have a diplomatic conversation to prevent hostilities from making things difficult and unpleasant later. You should also have the conversation in person, and privately--that way you can both talk about your feelings openly and honestly, without feeling uncomfortable.

Be respectful

Even if you are moving out because you and your roommate do not get along, it's still important to be respectful and keep things civil. Try to avoid being accusatory and avoid conflict to make the transition easier on both of you. You will likely still have to live together for a period of time as you begin the moving process--creating a hostile environment will only make you both miserable.

Discuss the outcome

Once you've talked the decision over and explained your reasoning behind the move, you and your roommate can begin making arrangements.

Some important things to consider include:
  • The lease. If your name is on the apartment lease, you'll have to discuss finding another person to possibly move in and take over the lease if your roommate can't afford the rent alone. However, this can be considered a lease violation, so you may need to discuss this with your landlord before you move out.
  • Your stuff. You may have furniture and other shared items in the apartment, or belongings without clear ownership. You will have to decide who takes what before you move out.
  • The bills. Discuss your final rent payments and any other money you may owe for bills--such as utilities, cable, and internet. Make sure you pay your roommate in full before you move out to prevent any conflict or possible legal issues later.

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on March 23, 2016 - Moving Expert
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