The Rooms I Rent Out

by Mike on August 17, 2015

in Renovations, Type of Rooms

Large Bedroom renting out rooms

A lot of people e-mail me asking for help renting out their spare room. Besides having a mindset of sharing your personal space with roommates, which I stated in my Quick Start Guide, you’ll need a spare room to rent out. Now every “live-in landlord” I’ve interacted with has a different definition of a spare […]

My Most Popular Roommate Sources

by Mike on June 22, 2015

in Uncategorized

The number of roommates I found from online

I’m in the process of updating some illustrations and text in my Better Guide to Finding to Roommates Online. As I do this, I’m looking back on the 16 different roommates who cycled through my house and I thought I write a post detailing the numbers of where I found my roommates.  For those that […]

Everyone’s ideal roommate is someone that pays rent on-time, in-full, and lives somewhere else. This is ideal because you still reap the financial benefits of roommates without dealing roommate issues. One of these issues may be dealing with a roommate that is a slob or just plain negligent about cleaning up after themselves. During each […]

Horrible Roommates while renting out a room

A few weeks ago a reader suggested I do a post on all the bad roommates I had. Fortunately, I never had any terrible roommates. So I reached out to you guys to tell me some horror stories(I don’t mean to scare anyone from becoming a live-in landlord) and you guys came through! Though, it’s […]

The following is a guest post from Kristy Hessman from where she is the lead writer.  The site aims to deliver a real estate market place for both renting and selling.  Currently, the site targets the larger markets in the U.S.  She graciously offered to write a post on her personal experience renting from […]

Renting out Rooms maintenance

I’m off to see the world again flying to South Korea and Vietnam. I was home for a little less than month to take care of paper work and to check the “NO” box to the question have you been to any African country in the past 30 days that’s usually mandatory on landing cards […]

The Roommate Search Experiment

by Mike on March 30, 2015

in Finding Roommates

When my roommate in my basement room moved out, I was in Africa and wasn’t home to find a suitable replacement. Instead of having the basement room go empty, I enlisted my other roommate to find a replacement roommate. To add incentive to his search, I offered a 20% commission of the first two month’s […]


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 […]