Is it wrong to do this?

I found a girl a month ago who wanted to be my roommate. We are apartment searching together. We both start school in January. We found a few places for December 1st. I am supposed to be seeing them in a couple days. But I realized I can't afford to pay for December because my loan isn't available yet. We

I found a girl a month ago who wanted to be my roommate. We are apartment searching together. We both start school in January. We found a few places for December 1st. I am supposed to be seeing them in a couple days. But I realized I can't afford to pay for December because my loan isn't available yet. We wouldn't be even be living in this apartment until January. Is it understandable to tell her I can't afford to pay for a month at a place we won't even be at?
Just so everyone knows, I wouldn't be owing her money or anything. I am just asking if it is okay to tell her that I want to wait a month until January when we would both be living at a place to start searching

Best Answer:

Jessi: It is perfectly understandable to ask her to stick to the plan that allows you to pay your fair share unless. A better idea is for you and her to tell the apartments you will take it as long as they do not charge you rent until January 1, regardless of when they allow you to move in, which might be giving you December or maybe just the last half of December free, but they may require deposits for that. If they will not negotiate, you keep looking for one with availability January 1 or one that will negotiate for free rent until then. Part of negotiation is willingness to walk away. One of these apartment managers may call you back once they realize you are not bluffing and really are willing to walk away.

Other answer:

Jessi:
It's not very good way to start off being roommates, and if you do not pay her back for her share, then you guy will have an awful time together. Also you better make sure you know this girl and she is able to pay her share of the rent consistently, otherwise you both will have your credit score ruined and might get an eviction on your record. An eviction will stay on your record and make it almost impossible to rent anywhere legally in the future. Also you both may need co-signers if you do not have income from a job and no credit history. Whoever is your co-signer will get sued if you do not pay your rent too.
Texperson:
She may be concerned that there won't be any nice places left just before school starts. Go see the places and decide what you want to do, maybe your parents will help for that first month.
DEBS:
If you can't afford, then you can't afford. You have to tell her that. Note that it will be difficult that time of year to get a place to line up exactly on the date you need. You may need to be flexible.
tro:
if you need to rent by Dec 1st unless she can handle the whole rent for Dec she probably will not wait for you to join her in Jan, she will find another roommate who can
but you need to tell her and don't wait until the Dec rent is due and she has a rude awakening to the whole amount
Stoo:
Sure, but then tell her that. By going to see things that are available now you're letting her on.
reenzz:
I doubt your find a landlord who is willing to hold the place and lose a months rent.
JMITW:
you can't expect her to pay for it…you need to discuss looking for places as of Jan 1
WRG:
Yes it is. I would suggest you both wait a month to start looking.
Gert:
Tell the landlord you will take it as of January 1st.
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