This post originally appeared on Roomi. So, you've finally found a room you're interested in renting.
The price is right, it's close to the subway, and heat and hot water is even included! You'd be living with someone of the opposite sex -- and you've seen enough episodes of New Girl to know that this kind of arrangement can come with more than a few awkward situations. But, can it be done?
I asked a few experts to weigh in on whether or not men and women can live together platonically. You can live with someone of the opposite sex You might try and convince yourself that the opportunity Male and female roommates live in your dream apartment is enough to keep your panties on. But if the guy or girl you'd be moving in with makes your stomach do somersaults, and you're already hoping to catch a glimpse of their accidental towel slip post-shower, you should probably walk away from that deal.
As relationship expert and author April Masini points out, "If you cross boundaries and have sex with [or start dating] a roommate, you will have to live with him or her after you break up, and he or she is dating other people. Does your future roommate have a significant other in the picture?
If so, is he or she okay with the fact that their spare room is being rented to someone of the opposite sex? If Male and female roommates of your partners has concerns about your living arrangement, how will this be addressed?
Relationship and mental health expert Rhonda Richards-Smith recommends asking these questions before moving in, as well as anticipating the "what ifs" down the line.
It's easy to say that neither of Male and female roommates would ever date someone who has a problem with your living arrangement when you both are single, but the tables could turn once a new significant other comes into the picture. Be really honest about how you'd each handle this issue if either of you find yourselves in a relationship with someone who isn't comfortable with your living set-up.
When you're talking with a new roomie about apartment ground rules, you want to be agreeable -- but therapist and clinical sexologist Dr.