Wow - that reminds me of a couple of my apartment seeking adventures. I lived at home for a while after college, and then was able to move out. First place I looked at was nice, but the current tenant did not ask me anything about me, my habits, etc. etc. etc. She also alluded to the fact her boyfriend would be there quite a bit. plus it was just a bedroom, and seemed like she already had th erest of the place furnished, so nowhere for me to put any of my things. So I passed.
Second one, the ad said must like cats, which I do. So I meet with the potential roommate, and she says oh, I signed a lease, and now need a roomie. Fine, we look at the apt, and while it small, its adequate. She also says that there is one parking spot for the bldg, and if I wanted it, it would be an extra $20 a month. Again, fine, as parking in this town, esp in the downtown area where the apt was, is hard to find. Then she says she spends almost every weekend at her boyfriend's, and if I don't mind, I can watch her cats, OR she can get someone to come in and do it. Ok, I don't mind once in a while, but did not want to be responsible each and every weekend, NOR did I want someone coming in on a regular basis to take care of them.
But the final straw was as we were chatting outside, she let it slip that she had PAID a realtor about 1500 to find this apt, and the rent was only x dollars, but she was charging an extra 90 a month to recover that money! Um no, YOU did that, and it was your choice, so you should be the one to swallow that cost, not charge some unsuspecting roommate above and beyond the rent!!! I passed on that one as well.
I then decided perhaps a studio by myself woudl be the best bet, but ended up in a converted house, alone, found by a friend of the family who was a realtor.