by Mike on March 23, 2015

in Living With Roommates

Rental Agreement renting out rooms

I want to annouce a winner for the Amazon Gift Card last week. I selected: Tina’s Comment: Hi Mike! I was in the same situation as you for about a year and a half when I traveled around in Asian. I had my whole house rented out to a group of international students at a […]

Rug Doctor Renting out Rooms

My last post described the condition of one of my spare rooms when a roommate moved out. This roommate left a few stains on the carpet. I was indecisive about whether to replace or clean the carpet and asked for opinions. Obviously, cleaning the carpet would have been cheaper, but the commenters recommended replacing the carpet especially […]


One of my roommates is moving out after renting from me for two years. I’ve had a good run at keeping this room occupied for 78 consecutive months or about 6.5 years(including the two years from the roommate who is moving out). From a live-in landlord’s perspective, this is outstanding, especially when the roommates are […]

The Stuff Roommates Leave Behind

by Mike on February 26, 2015

in Roommate Stories, Updates

The stuff left behind by a roommate

I’m back in my residence in the Northeast welcomed by mounds of snow and an equally sized mound of unopened mail. While I was traveling around Africa, one of my current roommates moved out of the basement room. Normally, I like to be there during the move-in and move-out process to accept or give the […]


by Mike on February 9, 2015

in Updates

The roommate search may be coming to an end. Besides placing an advertisement on craigslist, I asked one of my former colleagues to place an ad on the company’s internal forums. My entrusted roommate, whom I left the roommate search to, received a response from this advertisement. My entrusted roommate showed him the room and […]

I just finished climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro last week and I’m in Zanzibar on the beach relaxing from roughing it on the trek. While I was out of touch from the real world, there were some developments or the lack there of. ROOMMATE SEARCH My roommate search isn’t going exactly to as plan. I left one […]

Renting out Room Lengths

I’ve been renting out my rooms for nearly eight years and over those years, I had 14 different roommates. All those roommates have rented a room for varying lengths of time. On one extreme, someone has rented a room for 43 months while others have rented for as little as three months. I want to […]

I’m writing this post as I’m sitting in the airport in D.C. waiting to board my flight to South Africa where I’ll explore some of the continent and climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. Needless to say I’ll be in and out of e-mail and phone contact, yet I’ll have a roommate moving out and hopefully a new […]