Is Your Potential Flat Mate Safe?
Renting a room out to a lodger or sharing with a group of like-minded people can be a great way of affording a good place to live without breaking the bank. And most people find that it has numerous other benefits as well, such as widening their circle of friends, especially if they are moving to a new area.
But, like so many things in life, a little care needs to be taken to make sure that you are moving in with the right people and that you are not making a huge mistake when you sign on the dotted line. Take our short quiz below to find out if your potential flatmate is safe.
1. You ask to see the place you want to move into and meet the other people who live there. What does the potential flatmate say?a) No problem - come over whenever you want and I'll make sure I'm there.
b) Yes, here's the best time for me.
c) It might be possible - if we can find a time that suits us both.
d) Come and see the place - I'll get someone else to show you round.
2. You ask how many flatmates they have had in the last five years. What do they say?a) Just the one - a good friend who moved out to go travelling.
b) Two - one good friend who replaced themselves with their friend when they had to move for work.
c) A few - they tend to let to students who come and go.
d) I've lost count - it seems you can't rely on anyone these days!
3. Why did the last flatmate leave?a) They got a job a few hundred miles away.
b) they moved in with their girlfriend.
c) We decided it was time we stopped living together - too many small differences.
d) The person won't tell you and seem evasive
4. What do they say when you ask what they do for a living?a) They tell you straight and all about it.
b) They give you a straight answer but stop at any details.
c) they fudge round the issue but you have an idea.
d) They fudge round it so much that you are none the wiser.
5. You ask to meet the neighbours before you move in. What's the response?a) No problem - we get on really well.
b) Ok, but they keep themselves to themselves.
c) They ask why you feel the need to, but agree
d) They say the neighbours are odd and that you shouldn't bother.