Best Pet Roommate to Win Free Year’s Rent and $10K

Kittehs, wouldn’t you love to have a crib of your own without your purrson around to nag you about covering your poops in the litter box and staying off the counters?

Even better, wouldn’t you love to have $10,000 to spend on spicy vixins, Temptations, toona joose, primo nip and maybe even a FURRari or a CATillac? Read on!

Apartments.com is looking to crown America’s best roommate in its third annual Roommate of the Year video contest with a grand prize of free rent for one year plus $10,000. According to a recent Apartments.com survey, 45 percent of renters currently live with a roommate or plan to move in with one, so finding the right person to live with is an important decision for a large number of renters. In 2010, Andrew Prestler of Kokomo, Indiana and a student at Ball State beat out stiff competition to be named the 2010 Roommate of the Year by Apartments.com. To capture those unique qualities that make a great roommate exceptional, Prestler composed an original rap and created an eye-catching video, singling him out as the “Da Best” and securing his title as the Apartments.com Roommate of the Year. Beginning April 25, 2011, renters can view last year’s winning video for inspiration, enter the contest and get details for submitting their own entries at http://www.roommateoftheyear.com.

Of the four CATegories, one is purrfect for kittehs who wouldn’t mind getting their own crib — plus $10K to spend on Temptations, Toona Joose and Nip Cigars — The Purr-fect Pet Owner:

The Purr-fect Pet Owner

Sometimes the best roommates aren’t even human. They may not pay rent, but pets are great at making us laugh or helping us get through tough times. Show us what makes you the best roommate to your pets including games you play together or tricks that they have learned and that freeloader can start pulling his or her weight by helping you win FREE Rent for a Year.

Renters’ entries will be judged with equal weight on (1) originality and creativity, (2) overall “wow” factor, (3) persuasive argument and (4) style and production. Judging will take place in three stages.

How to Become “Roommate of the Year and Win Free Rent for One Year Plus $10,000 in Cash
All entries will be narrowed down to a field of up to 15 finalists, selected across all categories by a panel of judges looking for entries that best fit the criteria for Roommate of the Year. Once the finalists are selected, America, along with the Apartments.com panel of qualified judges, will vote for their favorite roomie using the judging criteria to narrow down the competition to five winners. From the five winners, one Grand Prize winner will be named and receive free rent for one year, plus $10,000 in cash, along with roommate bragging rights. The four runners-up will each receive $500.

Go to roommateoftheyear.com to enter.

About Apartments.com
Apartments.com (http://www.apartments.com/) is the most visited national apartment Internet listing subscription service with more than 50,000 unique addresses representing more than three million rental units from managed properties, newspaper classifieds and for-rent-by-owner properties. With personalized searches, highly visual ads featuring “Walk Through Video,” “Apartments.com Anywhere” mobile solutions, 360-degree virtual tours, professional photography and comprehensive community listings, Apartments.com makes it possible for renters to access apartment rental inventory from across town or across the country. Leads from highly qualified ready-to-rent prospects are delivered to Apartments.com customers, increasing closure rates and decreasing the average cost of leasing an apartment. The website’s foundation of solid partnerships with the local newspaper and television station websites of more than 1,000 newspaper affiliate and strategic partners across the country include Yahoo! Real Estate, Univision (www.univision.com), the Chicago Tribune (www.chicagotribune.com), The Washington Post (www.washingtonpost.com) and the Los Angeles Times (www.latimes.com). Apartments.com is a division of Chicago-based Classified Ventures, LLC. Additionally, Apartments.com owns and operates Apartment Home Living (http://www.apartmenthomeliving.com), a leading social media apartment website distinguished by a “live for fun” community experience, proprietary lifestyle matching and local living guides to help renters find their perfect place to live.

[PHOTO via EvilErin]

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