okay all these roomate posts are scaring me. My SO and I are looking at houses to buy and we found one that is something we are seriously consider buying. It has 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and a finished basement. Since it will just be the 2 of us, we were thinking about getting a roomate for the basement... What I want is for the roomate to NOT have access to the rest of the house, only to the basement (the basement will have everything they need, just like an apartment). I'm paranoid about my stuff and I'm a neat freak. I just want to know some things about roomates and such since I've never had one. It may sound silly, but what are some signs of a bad roomate? Am I allowed to "check in" to make sure it's clean? If so, how often? Do I have to write a contract or is it optional? If they don't pay rent on time, am I allowed to kick them out ASAP? I know I sound really anal right now. Any and all advice will be GREAT! oh and I know I will think of more questions later. Thanks sooooooooooo much.