Although, I still refer to the extra bedroom in this apartment as Mommy’s room , I’m hoping to be able to rent it out next month. With the help of a teenager, from my church community, I was able to clear the rest of my mom’s belongings from the room. Now I have to buy a few items (a bed, a couple of lamps and window blinds) to complete furnishing the room.
I wanted to wait until February or March 2013 to rent out the room so that I could be a little stronger emotionally. But I need more money now. I also wanted to wait until the rent arrears situation had been resolved in housing court. But I can’t afford to put off bringing in extra income any longer.
My friend Dollie gave me a copy of a Room Rental Agreement that she asks people who rent rooms in her home to sign. I am going to use a room renting referral agency that Dollie uses to find potential candidates. I am also trying to find a roomer through Menno House. Menno House provides temporary housing for people from the Mennonite Community worldwide who move to New York City to study or volunteer. I will also probably write an ad to post in some other Christian Agencies.
I revised the Room Rental Agreement that I got from Dollie to address my concerns. I am concerned about the following issues:
- Will I be in danger?
- Will the roomer take advantage of me due to my disability?
- Will I receive the rent on time?
- Will there be any conflicts between the roomer and my home health aides?
- Will I be able to get enough money to meet my needs?
- How often will the roomer want guests?
- Will the roomer want overnight guests?
- Will I have any trouble evicting the roomer if there are any problems?
- Will the roomer have conflicts with my neighbors?
- Will the roomer steal from me?
- How will I react to a stranger being in Mommy’s room?
It is 5:30 am and I haven’t slept yet. I am so worried about the resolution of my housing problems. I have been crocheting a scarf overnight since I couldn”t sleep. I am going to try to sleep for a couple of hours before the home health gets here at 9am.