You’ve got a sweet apartment in East Rutherford, NJ.

You don’t pay Manhattan prices, but you can be in the city in a flash. You’ve got to share it, but that’s no big deal. Right? Right?

Living with roommates can be done if you remember the basics.

Split the bills. Many experts suggest on splitting the bills 50/50. It doesn’t matter if one person cooks or uses the internet more; anything other than a clean split will breed resentment.

Divide duties. Draw up a list: Jess takes out the trash, Amanda vacuums, Kate handles the money. Stick to it.

Talk. You don’t have to be best friends, but you should be able to share small talk—the weather, sports, basic life events, anything that will create a working bond. You should also feel comfortable sharing disagreements.

Get a lock. If you have more than one roommate, that’s lots of potential guests. It’s hard to know who’ll be in the apartment. Keeping your bedroom locked may give you some peace of mind.

Whose pet is it? If you move into an apartment with an existing pet, be clear about what you will and won’t do for the pet. If you bring a pet with you, ask the same of your new roommate.

Show respect. Knock. Tread lightly in the mornings. Do your own dishes. Don’t have guests every night of the week.

BestRent has the insider knowledge you need to make your East Rutherford apartment a hit for you and your roommates. Stay tuned for more great tips!