Originally Posted by blondrebel76
Oh yes they do!!
I tried the room-mate bit twice... never again!
The first time was in the early 1980's. I was looking for a place and a girl I went to high school with suggested that I move in with her and her sister so that we could all save on rent.
They had a large 2 bedroom apartment in a highrise building. We talked about it and agreed that her sister would move into the smaller of the 2 bedrooms and my friend and I would share the larger one.
My name was added to the lease and I moved my things in. However, a month goes by and I'm still sleeping on the couch waiting for them to move bedrooms around. Two months go by and I'm still on the couch
In the meantime everyone and their mother had keys to the place!
Their' boyfriends, all of their sibblings (7 of them), their parents, a few of their friends... there were people coming and going like it was grand central station! Not to mention that her sister's boyfriend practically lived there and didn't contribute anything towards the rent or bills, and he was always in the fridge stuffing his face. Ironically enough I was usually the only one who had food in the fridge or cupboards because the other 2 prefered to eat out or order in. So the food he was snarfing down was MINE!
I think I had my name removed from the lease before the 3rd month came up. The agency initially refused, but I told them that the lease was in existence before I signed on. They tried to tell me they would sue me for breaking the contract. I told them to go right ahead and that if I had to I would quit my job and go on welfare. They removed my name off of the lease.
The second time I tried the room-mate situation was back in the mid 1980's. A girl I knew owned a house and she was struggling to make the payments and kept bugging me about moving in and sharing expenses. Finally I agreed because I really didn't care for the building I was living in (noisey and not very well kept).
The day I was moving (Friday evening of a long weekend
), I get a call from her telling me that the gas had been shut off because she didn't pay the bill.
It was the dead of winter here.... think -40 Celcius & Farenheit! It was too late for me to change my mind about moving because I had given notice and my apartment was already rented.
I took my stuff there and it was FREEZING! She had a nice toasty waterbed and I was in a room at the front of the house that was poorly insulated, sleeping on a pull out bed or sorts! I was freezing my butt off. Sunday I barged into her room and told her to move over because I wasn't going to freeze my butt off for 2 more days!
On Tuesday I took the money I was going to pay her and went down and paid a portion of the gas bill in order to get them to turn on the gas. They wanted more than that amount: they wanted at least 1/2 of the balance owing. I think I paid them $400.00 before they turned on the gas.
A week or two after that I got the mail and saw that there was a disconnection notice for the electricity!
The bill was in her name but I opened it anyway. There was $500.00 owing for electricity. I called the Hydro company and made arrangements to go and pay a portion of the bill and make payment arrangements to pay the balance owing.
A week or two later I forget what I was looking for, but I found a disconnection notice for the water! The disconnect date was that day! I called the water company and explained the situation. I went down and paid them $200 or $300 of a $500 water bill!
Now what was she doing with all of her money? Night clubs of course! And eating out! Oh yeah! And renting cheap cars because she didn't like taking the bus!
For the next 3 or 4 months I was taking the money that I was to pay her for my share of the "rent" and putting it towards the utilities that were still owing so that they didn't get cut off again.
There was a washer in the house, but no drier, so her answer to drying her jeans was to put them in the bathroom over a towel rack and close the door and crank up the gas heat so that her clothing would dry!
She was getting angry with me for putting the money I was to give her towards the past utilities. She even went so far as to tell me that she's sick of not having any money and that she doesn't appreciate me taking it upon myself to give what I am supposed to give her, directly to the utility companies
At one point she asked me if I would mind if one of her friends moved in for awhile. I told her that I didn't like the idea because I didn't know her and the house was really, really small (about 700 square feet, no basement). I came home from work a couple of days later to find some strange girl sleeping on MY
couch! Apparently she moved in!
Gerry would buy food occasionally, but not often. I tend to shop weekly and always had food in the house preferring to have meals at home. This girl was snarfing down my share of the groceries, and if that wasn't bad enough so was her boyfriend who as practically living there too!
I think I lived there 6 months and then moved out. I ended up paying almost $2,000.00 over and above what I was initially to be paying her for monthly rent/utilities, because I was bailing her out of disconnection notices and past due utilities.
That was the last room-mate I ever had. As bad as my finances are right now and I could really benefit from reducing my rental costs, there is no way in heck that I will take in another room-mate. It's only asking for trouble!