Sharing with Housemates
House-sharing is ideal for young professionals new to a city in the early stages of their career.
- It allows them to rent a more expensive home in a better location than they could afford on their own
- It means they split the cost of utilities and other bills
- It gives them flexibility to move if their job location or personal circumstances change
And they make new friends and enjoy social experiences outside work.
Our Business Model offers young professionals the chance
to live together in superior comfort at an affordable price
1. who will you live with?
You will live with young, single, non-smoking intelligent professionals - people like you.
We accommodate students occasionally if they are mature and responsible and happy to live in a professional houseshare.
Your housemates might have lived in the property for a while, or be moving in at the same time as you. Either way, they want to live with decent, kind, tolerant and considerate housemates and be free to enjoy their home space in a convivial atmosphere.
2. how do we select our tenants?
We advertise for new tenants on www.spareroom.co.uk/rainbowcapital and it is at that point we start our screening process for finding the best possible housemates for the property we have available.
Just as tenants are rigorous in searching for the right property with the right landlord, so we are looking for tenants who have the right 'fit' for us.
We look for some common qualities: -
- Intelligent - generally educated to degree level but above all folk with their wits about them
- English-speaking - able to communicate to a good level in spoken and written English
- Professional - usually in the early stages of their career
- Courteous - kind and considerate with social skills; good values and standards, respect for others
- Personable but not loud - we do not want party-animals - we want people with substance who will be interesting to live with but not over-bearing
- Non-smoking - we cannot rule out tenants having a secret habit but we do not permit smoking in any part of our properties ever
- Legal status - we are required by UK law to ensure all our tenants have the right to abide in the UK
When we find the right tenant, they stay for the long-term. They become an asset to the house and a pleasure for their housemates to live with. The wrong tenant however can be a right pain!
Our record length of tenure is seven years and counting. We have had numerous tenants who have lived with us for five years or more.
3. what you can expect from your housemates
You can expect your housemates to have passed through our screening process, just as you will have. We will have met them, liked them, and deemed them a good fit for our business model and your property.
Your housemates will have agreed to the same Terms and Conditions that you will - terms that commit them to looking after the property and a code of conduct requiring them to be kind, considerate and tolerant.
We are surprised how few instances we encounter of housemates not getting on. If tension ever arises we encourage the housemates in the first instance to talk things through and listen to the other's point of view. If discord remains we are happy to chair a round table meeting to resolve things. Our ultimate sanction is we will ask a troublesome housemate to leave the property and find a new home.
4. What your housemates should expect from you
Whilst we want to be landlords that are 'hands on' in terms of maintenance we want to be 'hands off' in terms of dictating how our tenants live.
We do not want to be like some landlords - complaining and intervening continuously - and generally intruding into tenants' peaceful enjoyment of their home.
We respect our tenants as responsible mature professional adults. We feel we have an insight into their characters as individuals and we trust they will contribute collectively to a friendly atmosphere in our properties.
Consideration to Fellow Housemates
A shared house has close quarter living conditions. It is important everyone makes an effort to get on and shows tolerance, respect and consideration to fellow housemates.
Being messy, dirty, loud, noisy or smelly, causing a general disturbance, or taking up a disproportionate part of the common spaces is going to grate on nerves. It is vital to “do as you would be done by”.
Special consideration needs to be shown at night, when housemates are sleeping. You need to be quiet in the common parts after hours. You need to ‘tread quietly’ with soft footsteps and not slam doors. The same goes for activities like using the bathrooms, the laundry facilities, the dishwasher, cooking in the kitchen and socialising in the lounge.
There are no hard and fast rules. Just think of your fellows and be easy to live with.
We do, however, have strict rules against couples sharing their room, co-habiting and sub-letting. It’s one person to a room.
We have no objections however to friends, girlfriends and boyfriends staying over from time to time. We even understand this may become a regular thing - i.e. every other weekend. But the general rules are:
- The partner continues to have their own house and does not actually live at ours’
- The staying over is 'less of the time' rather than 'more of the time’
- There is a pattern of reciprocation so if a partner is staying over regularly at our house, then you should be staying over an equal amount of time at theirs'. Net / net it should even out
- The partner is deferential to the actual rent-paying tenants, giving them priority in bathrooms and not occupying the social areas unduly
- If a friend or relative is going to stay for an elongated period of time (e.g. your mother is visiting London for a week) you ask permission from your fellow housemates if it would be ok - and generally we hope folk will say yes - we certainly don’t mind
Like many things in life, all of the above comes down to good communication. You should feel comfortable talking issues through with each other.
Naturally issues are going arise. Not everyone will get on with everyone all of the time. Some habits will be fine to some folk but not others. And what seems reasonable to someone will not seem so to someone else. One person’s quiet is another’s noisy.
It all comes down to talking things though, making an effort to understand how others feel and see life from their perspective as well as your own.