There are few things in life as intimidating as finding someone to share an apartment with. Especially when you’re moving to a new city full of strangers and searching for a roommate online. While many roommate situations end up just fine, we compiled a few roommate red flags to watch for when trying to find your next roomie.

They’re pushy with deadlines.

Be wary of prospective roommates who try to hurry you into signing a lease before you’re comfortable. This may indicate that they’re financially unstable or trying to rope you into a bad deal.

Couple argues with roommate.

They have a live-in significant other.

Essentially, you don’t want to get two roommates when you were expecting one. While your roommate’s significant other can be great company, setting boundaries before entering into a lease is always a good idea.

They don’t have reliable employment.

Be wary of taking on a roommate who’s struggling financially. It’s very possible that the full cost of rent and utilities may get dumped on you if they come up short.

Roommate Stuck With Bills.

They’re in a different stage of life than you are.

This is especially important for young professionals looking to leave undergrad life behind. Living with students can mean more late-night social gatherings and less quiet.

They aren’t interested in meeting with you in person.

Try to meet your future roommate in person before agreeing to sign a lease. At the very least, schedule a video chat or phone call. If they’re unwilling to do this, red flags and alarms should be sounding — loudly.

Meet In Person With Roommates.

You have a bad gut feeling.

Listening to your gut can be a lifesaver. If you have a bad feeling about someone or a certain housing situation, listen to it. It will likely save you from an uncomfortable twelve months.

While being aware of these red flags can’t guarantee you a perfect living situation, it will certainly lower your risk of having a bad one! Good luck!

Text by Amy Haupt