Having been in real estate for 30 years as a licensed agent, I understand the desire an agent feels to help out and, more importantly, to look out for the best interests of clients. However, sometimes even with the best intentions, a client you helped rent a place might find himself or herself at odds with the landlord and wants to sublease or might suddenly need to find a roommate — or replace one.
- Review the fine print of every contract and know what you are entitled to or responsible for.
- If bringing a roommate in, you should thoroughly vet him or her, including background and credit checks.
- Plan ahead, and go over all of the rules ahead of time, as well as checklists and inspections so that everyone knows what their responsibilities are.