Saturday around noon I received a call that scared me a bit.
The person at the other end of the line introduced himself as Investigative Service Personnel for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). At this point, I thought I was in trouble!
Just the sound of Investigative Services sounds terrifying. But alas, it wasn’t about me – it was about one of my roommates.
This person wanted to know if I had time to meet in person and interview me about one of my past roommates. I obliged to meet up at a local coffee shop.
The interview was conducted because one of my past roommates was due for a re-investigation for his Government Security Clearance, which required for his job.
The whole interview lasted for 20 minutes – nothing too complicated – but gave me some additional ideas on the questions I should I ask references of my potential roommates.
This was my first dealing with investigative services. If you want to avoid these interviews, I would suggest not having a roommate that requires a Government security clearance for their job. On the other hand, a job that requires a security clearance equates to a reliable paying roommate.
I wanted to touch upon guests. I realize my roommates have friends and they visit – that’s almost guaranteed.
Some “live-in landlords” have a strict no guest policy. Meaning that no one is allowed in the residence of the “live-in landlord.” I think that’s a little too harsh. I can’t imagine the reception if I imposed that rule.
What constitutes “no guests”? Can guests stop by and drop something off or pick up the roommate? Are they allowed inside for a brief moment to use the bathroom?
It’s just too hard to draw the line that I say forget the “no guest” policy.
What’s My Policy?
I allow one or two overnight guests given that they ask permission prior to their visit. Almost all my roommates have complied with my request, which I greatly appreciate.
Now for day guest who are just stopping by to pick something up or drop something off, or even just stopping by for a few hours, I have no problems with that because I don’t see that invasive as an overnight guest. Overnight guest almost add an element of bottleneck in a 1.5 bath residence, which is why I want to know incase there are any overlapping guest visitors.
I bring this up because I just had a new roommate move in and this new roommate had a guest visit and it occurred to me that I should write a short post as to what my guest policy is.
What’s your guest policy for your roommates?
photo credits: © John Pavelka