Staying in an apartment with roommates can be a lot of fun, but you will also need to consider how much rent each individual pays. If one of the rooms is significantly larger than the other, should that roommate pay more? Generally, if there is a significant difference to the naked eye, it is typically expected and fair for one roommate to pay about 2 to 7 percent more, depending on size difference.
Does a Roommate with Larger Bedroom Pay More Rent?
There is no set rule because it depends on the agreement between you and your roommate. But, in general, having the roommate with the larger bedroom pay more is considered an acceptable practice. It doesn’t have to be a significant increase, but paying 2 to 7 percent more in rent than other roommate(s) might be considered fair. This would be an agreement between you and your roommate(s) and your landlord likely will have nothing to do with it.
There are also other considerations for splitting rent with roommates.
Splitting Rent Based on Bedroom Features and Size
Master bedrooms with extra storage and en suite facilities are a luxury and might consider having that roommate pay more. Also consider if one roommate has huge walk-in closet whereas the other has a small closet.
Designated Parking Within the Apartment Complex
If one roommate gets to park in the designated spot within the apartment complex, ideally they should be paying additional rent. If the spot is shared between roommates (one parks one day, and the other parks inside the next day), then you may consider splitting the rent equally.
Utilities Within the Apartment
If some roommates use more features in the apartment (more than others), then there might be an agreement where they agree to pay more. For example, if someone wants the air conditioning running overnight, then perhaps they can pay extra for the additional comfort. If one person wants to pay for high-speed internet for gaming, then perhaps they pay the additional costs for that.
Getting in Writing
At a minimum, make sure everything is agreed to by all roommates and understood. Getting this in writing is a good way to eliminate any confusion down the track. Having everything in writing (including rent and utilities, along with percentage of payout) eliminates any awkward conversations later.
Deciding how much rent each roommate pays can be a tough conversation, but using these guidelines should provide talking points, and an help formulate an agreement that is equitable to all parties.
Remember, if one roommate fails to pay, you could be held responsible for his or her rent, regardless of whether it’s your fault. Check your lease to confirm.