Speak with each roommate separately. Listen to each roommate(s) concern. Affirm and Acknowledge every roommate(s) concerns and feelings. Respond in a fair and open-minded way to each of your roommate(s) concerns. Use a statement like; I feel______ when_____because_____so what I’m hoping is _____.
Before moving in, roommates can all sit down and brainstorm some ground rules. Talk about things that annoy you, who will clean and when, who will take out the trash and when, etc. Consider filling out a roommate contract to help set ground rules.
Take a look at Step 3 in the Rental Timeline to see other helpful hints to consider.