The State of California has laws that open the rights of the landlord, principal tenant and roommate in a room rental agreement. In addition, there are local regulations that govern potential roommate situations and vary considerably from county to county. It is important for landlords, principal tenants and roommates to thoroughly research the laws in their country of residence before establishing and signing a room rental agreement. Too often, homeowners ignore the consequences of becoming homeowners and fail to establish a viable relationship. In particular, the lease should be described in a written lease. An oral lease is applicable, but too often tenants and landlords have different memories of their verbal agreement. The California Room Rental (Roommate) Agreement defines the agreement between persons occupying the same residence. The characteristics of this provision can vary considerably. For example, one roommate may be entered into the rental agreement with one landlord, while the other is not. In addition, each county will have its own definitions of rights or status in relation to the different roommate situations that exist. It is therefore very important to understand the rules of the borough of residence and the terms of the agreement they sign. This would ultimately be considered a signed contract and would have the same weight as any other contract in court. While the signature of a landlord on a room rental contract is required, the purpose of this document is to define the expected housing situation between roommates within a rental unit.
There is no possibility for roommates or subtenants to make the landlord liable for the terms of the lease or the principal tenant`s initial lease. Since a room tenancy agreement is considered a legal contract, it is important that the principal tenant, roommate and landlord read the document carefully and demonstrate a complete understanding of the terms of the contract prior to signing. Cleaning responsibility is a frequent source of reasoning among roommates, so it is an ideal point to address in a room rental contract.