Q. My roommate and I have gotten along very well the year we have lived together. However, this summer I will be going home to live with my parents and work two jobs to save up money for tuition and an upcoming wedding. I will definitely pay my half of the rent all summer because I know that is the proper thing to do. However, my roommate says she may not be able to afford utilities by herself this summer and expects me to pay half all summer. I do not see why I should have to pay anything when I will not be using any of the utilities. She is already extremely careless about leaving the lights on and always running the air conditioner even when we are not home. I have suggested to make things cheaper she should disconnect the internet, phone, and cable, but she insists she must have these. Is it right for her to expect me to pay half the utilities although I will not be using them?
A. There is no right or wrong answer to your question. However, if the lease is for a year, it would be logical for you to pay your share of the utilities. If the situation was reversed, would you be willing to pay for all of the utilities and/or disconnect the phone, internet, and cable? Hopefully, you will be able to reach a compromise.