Your student experience could be blighted by failure to get on with the people who share your student accommodation. Hence at Househustler, we recommend that you agree reasonable rules for your student accommodation.
House-sharers should be considerate and fair, and not take advantage of each other. Have a proper meeting, early on, to agree some rules. Then write them down and display them. This may prevent disputes later.
We suggest you agree:
- The kind of household it will be – group living, or everyone being independent?
- Tenancy terms, including dates, rent, payment arrangements, and inventory
- Everyone to be responsible for their agreed share of the rent, and to set up their own Standing Order or Direct Debit for payments direct to the landlord or agent
- A kitty for shared expenses like utility bills, toilet rolls, cleaning materials and perhaps kitchen staples like drinks, milk, biscuits and so on. The amount contributed by each sharer should be decided after consulting previous utility expenses and allowing for seasonal variations
- All bills to be registered in joint names (One person should not be solely responsible, especially for other people’s debts)
- A nominated person responsible for making payments
- A system for keeping all receipts
- Your policy on smoking. If it’s a non-smoking house, display signs to alert visitors
- Whether you want group mealtimes. These are cost-effective and foster good relations, but some find it too restrictive
- Guidelines for parties and music, including positioning of loudspeakers. (Crucial in student accommodation)
Such rules can promote harmony in student homes. People should be flexible and prepared to compromise when necessary- do as you would be done by!