Your Roommate’s Girlfriend

03 Oct

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Where Is The Line?

Let’s say that you simply live with a roommate who has a brand new girlfriend. At first, thegirlfriend spends the night only a few times a month. You spot her within the mornings,but it’s hardly a trouble. After a while, she starts hanging around nearly everynight, eating at the couch, watching TV, and taking showers within the morning. It’salmost such as you have a brand new roommate! She’snot deciding to buy your billsor rent, and she or he says she has her own place, too. You don’t intend to make her payfor everything twice. But is it fair that she uses your air conditioning, your kitchenand your front room without contributing a dime? Most people don’treally need to pry into our roommates’ private lives, so we usually don’t discusshow often romantic guests stay over once we split the bills. At the flip side, long-termboyfriends and girlfriendsmay use nearly as many resources and spend as much time in common areas as a fullroommate. To be able to respect both privacy and fairness, there must be some dividingline between when a romantic guest is none of your corporation and a few more or less partialroommate. But where is the road? To seek out out, I asked over 100 users of our bill-sharingsite what they thought and analysed the effects.

When To start out Charging A Romantic Guest

A ROBUST majority of my survey respondents think it’s none in their business if asignificant other is staying over a couple of (two to 3) nights every week. The bulk alsothinks that in the event that they are staying nearly every night of the week (greater than five), theyshould be chipping in something. The tipping point is at five nights a week, where oursurvey respondents are roughly split 50/50. Listed below are the raw results:

How Much To Contribute

But how much extra for those who or your girlfriend or boyfriend contribute? We tested thisfor two cases: a romantic guest who stays once another night, and one stayingessentially every night. The variation between these cases is rather striking and shouldgive you a good suggestion of what to do in case you are on this situation.So how muchmore should she pay if she’s staying almost every night versus another night? That’snext… Continue Reading

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Posted by on October 3, 2011 in Magazine


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