When it comes to house sharing, best friends should be AVOIDED at all costs. That’s according to over three-fifths (61%) of Brits living in shared accommodation. Furthermore, new research reveals that most Brits believe the secret to avoiding a dispute comes from ensuring the kitchen sink is free from dirty dishes (44%) and delegating bathroom cleaning duties (20%).
The findings come as part of comparethemarket.com’s new “Perfect Flatmate” hub, designed in partnership with Psychologist Honey Langcaster-James, to unlock the do’s and don’ts for house-sharers across the nation.
With one in four households in Britain expected to be privately rented by 2021 , it means that house-sharing etiquette has never been so important. The research also reveals that 43% of Brits would stay in their bedrooms to avoid having to interact with a housemate but when pressed to understand what would trigger an argument, nearly a third (28%) feel the frustration when people eat food that is not their own, followed quickly by friends and family staying for a period of time, rent free (16%).
38% of Brits believe the ideal house share is made up of four people, equally split between male and female (42%). When looking at personality traits, the top characteristics people look for are 'sensible' (53%) and 'hygienic' (49%) and being a 'non-smoker' (37%) with 'fun' (34%) and 'social' (30%) taking fourth and fifth place.
Nearly a quarter (20%) confess to having a dispute with their housemates once every 2-3 months, and when thinking of other bugbears, energy (30%) and rent payments (14%) are the most contentious issue when it comes to paying bills. This is no surprise, when a staggering 88% admit to not owning a shared bank account despite people contributing to, in excess of, 10 household bills.