Casting the flatmate net wide
Sharing a rental property with friends is one way to feel instantly at home but are they necessarily the best people to live with and share expenses?
They might be fun for socialising on weekends but when it comes to tricky issues like possibly late rent, making a mess or being noisy, will it be as easy then to solve problems?
A good idea might be to use the specialist services of a shared accommodation website service rather than risk a relationship when a good friend becomes a bad flatmate.
“Different websites have different popularity levels depending on location,” according to Guy Mitchell, Business Manager of flatmatefinders.com.au.
“For example, we’re very big in Sydney and Melbourne, while in Canberra, Allhomes.com.au is very dominant. Also don’t rule out advertising in newspapers, particularly in country areas.”
Mr Mitchell also suggests a general conversation will reveal a lot about a potential flatmate, their lifestyle and past sharing experiences.
“You can even get into their attitude about past flatmates. For example: do they keep in touch with any ex-flatmates or people they met through them? Other topics like events, movies and books can also reveal a lot about outlook and future compatability.”
Mr Mitchell recommended always being honest during a share house interview.
“In those early weeks, people will compare anything that’s going wrong in the house with what was said at the interview. They are quite sensitive to any small signs. It all comes down to trust. So be honest.”