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Dear PoPville – Is moving to Capitol Hill worth paying a month’s double rent and getting a roommate?

by Prince Of Petworth June 13, 2011 at 12:30 pm 49 Comments

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Dear PoPville,

I need help. I currently live in Chinatown in a one bedroom, 700 sq ft condo with my boyfriend. One day while taking a break at work I stumbled upon a house in Capitol Hill between Union Station metro and New York Avenue metro. It is 1,800 sq ft with 2 master bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, small den, and parking. It is however, $600 out of our price range. So, I recruited a coworker and friend to take a look. Rent split three ways would save us money!!

Once seeing the place she agreed. The lease for the new house would begin July 1st.

I had asked my current landlord in May if he would possibly let us out early. He said yes if were out by the 30th of June. Today when we said yes we would like to move out and I offered to help show the place, he said no. Since we hadn’t given 30 days he would not allow us to move out early.

At first I was upset, but he is the landlord and I did sign a lease. I can’t blame him.

The question is, do we all move forward and pay double rent for a month? Is it worth it?

Chinatown, Capitol Hill? Roommate or no roommate? 700 sq ft or 1800 sq ft?

Granted this isn’t the biggest problem of all time, however it is a big chunk of change for one month and I don’t know if it will be worth it.


Distressed DC Renter

I’d say if you really love the new place it’s worth paying the extra months rent especially if your rent will ultimately be cheaper with the new roommate. The place also sounds big enough that you will all have lots of breathing room. What do you guys think – is it a good idea or too dangerous to move in with a co-worker?


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