Massachusetts Roommate Agreement Form

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The Massachusetts Room Rental (Roommate) Agreement Form exists as a contract between the roommates who sign it. The existence of such a document sets the stage for an organized co-tenancy where the rules of co-habitation on the same premises have been discussed, agreed to, documented, then signed. Generally speaking, it is considered wise to take such steps as they will help the co-tenants involved avoid any misunderstandings or confusion regarding the responsibilities each has agreed to live up to when entering the contract. The roommate signature each party provides will obligate that individual to the agreement’s contents (terms, conditions, etc.) as this is considered a binding agreement in Massachusetts State Court.

It is worth noting that while the property owner will carry landlord responsibilities to the tenant he/she holds a lease with, this same landlord does not have such obligations (truly) to the other roommates. The principal roommate, or the roommate who has signed the lease, acts as the landlord. In most cases, this means the principal roommate will act as a liaison between the household and the landlord however, whatever such arrangements exist that are not mentioned in this lease should be documented separately, named in the appropriate section, signed, dated, then attached. This will be the only way such an agreement would be considered part of this binding contract.

How to Write

Step 1 – In the first paragraph, enter the address of the property to be rented. Then enter the date of the agreement.

Step 2 – In the section labeled “Roommates,” use the blank spaces available to enter the full name of each roommate living on the premises and involved in this lease.

Step 3 – Under the heading “Terms,” enter the start date and end date of the lease. If this is a month-to-month tenancy, leave the second blank space empty and indicate if a roommate terminating this agreement must give thirty days’ written notice or thirty days’ verbal notice by checking the appropriate box.

Step 4 – The “Deposit” section requires the total security the property owner or landlord requires of the principal tenant. Then on the next blank line, enter how much security each roommate has paid.

Step 5 – The paragraph under the “Rent” heading, requires the amount of rent each roommate must pay each month entered on the first blank line. On the next blank line, enter the calendar day of the month the rent must be paid. Then on the last blank line enter how the rent will be paid.

Step 6 – Locate the paragraph under the heading “Cleaning and Yardwork,” then indicate how cleaning and yard work will be done by the roommates by check the first box if they will follow a schedule or the second box if the roommate will work as a team.

Step 7 – The “Additional Terms of Agreements” section will have several boxes. Each of these is a topic that may have an additional agreement written out between roommates. If so, then place a check mark next to the appropriate heading for this additional agreement and attach it to this document.

Step 8 – The next paragraph requiring information to be entered is the “Utilities” section. This section will contain a table to be filled out. There are six columns: Item, Account Name of, Amount of Deposit, Deposit Paid By, How Bill Shared, and Name Roommate Responsible for Payment. The Item column will list utilities/services necessary for maintaining a residence. For each of these, fill out the remaining columns appropriately. Then indicate how these bills will be handled. If each roommate is responsible for collecting money for a bill and making sure it is paid, then check the first box. If there is a schedule for just one roommate to do this, then check the second box.

Step 9 – Under the heading “Signatures of Roommates,” each roommate must sign this section binding them to this agreement.