Need ideas, opinions, input....

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Need ideas, opinions, input....
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Tue, 07-15-2003 - 7:14pm
We own the condo dd lives in. it is a three bedroom, two bath. she rents out the other two bedrooms and occupies the master. after she gets back from spain, her bf is going to move in with her. one of the other roommates parents asked if their rent would go down, because now there would be four living there. he is going to pay a portion to share her room. the way i see it is, they are renting the room for $$$ and have access to the rest of the condo included. they will split the utilities four ways when he moves in also.

the question is: is there a rule of thumb when the owners boyfriend/girlfriend moves in? if they were married the rent of the other two wouldnt go down, right??

just looking for ideas from cyberspace. we plan on talking with the agent we use to rent out our old house, and go from there, but im real interested how others view this.

thanks, ladies(and gents if you're out there)

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Tue, 07-15-2003 - 7:32pm
if I were the other renters I would want my rent to go down. There is going to be another body sharing the common living space - not just the bedroom and bathroom that your daughter has now, but the kitchen, the living room, maybe even the parking spaces on site.

It can be an inconvience for the other roommates, and I can see how they would expect rent to be reduced. Maybe you could try splitting the rent were the cost of the bedroom is one part, and the shared common areas are another (this is just how you could split it, you don't need to explain your reasoning to anyone including the roommates) ie: the bedrooms cost $X and the common rooms cost $Y, you would devide $X by three (for the three bedrooms) and $Y by four (because four people are sharing the common rooms) and get the portions for everyone. Utilities would by split by 4.

All that being said, if the BF moves out, the rent will increase again.

But in the end it's your property, and you make the decisions, they can move if they don't like it. I don't think there's a rule of thumb (hate that expression). I don't think it would make a difference if they were married or not, I think it would have made a difference if the BF had moved in before the other two roommates did.

L. (lurker)

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Tue, 07-15-2003 - 7:44pm
My dh has been in this situation. His roommate got married and she moved in. They then split the rent(and other bills) 3 ways instead of 2. While he(your dd's bf) may not be taking up an extra room, they will still have to "share" the condo with 4 instead of 3.
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Tue, 07-15-2003 - 7:48pm
What I always did with roommates is split whatever the rent cost set by the land lord was evenly, then split out the utilities evenly as well. It didn't matter if two people were in one room or we all had seperate rooms. We still split the set rent amount stated by the landlord evenly amongst us.

Personally, I would stay out of it and let them decide who is going to pay what and how much. Granted, if your dd is smart, she will split the rent, etc evenly between all the occupants....otherwise she might loose some roomies--thus having to cough up more money herself to cover the rent.

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Tue, 07-15-2003 - 9:00pm
I say the rent stays the same.

With renting a *portion* of a hosue, you're basically paying for private space (i.e. a bedroom). Since the other rooomates private space didn't decrease, neither should their rent. (this is assumeing that the other 2 roomies currently share a bathrom and dd has her own and that bf will now share bathroom with bf). Their utilities? sure. But you've already said they'll be splitting utilities 4 ways now.


Hollie, who won't warn you about the possible repercussions of admitting on this board that you LET dd and bf, er, um, sleep (er, make love?) in the same bed ... he he he

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Tue, 07-15-2003 - 9:03pm
I agree that the roomates should work it out. As a landlord, you set the total rent, not the rent per person. Its their duty to decide that.

ON a side note ... I assume dd is getting some portion of her rent from bf? Can't let him live off dd you know ...

And another side note ... When I was in college, many landlords had different rent prices depending upon how many people were gonna be living there. A 2 bedroom house for 2 people might be $500, but for 4 people it might be $600 (more wear adn tear etc, with more people, also more room for big fights that lead to an early vacancy).

Hollie

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Tue, 07-15-2003 - 9:11pm
Her image is forever more ruined... I thought she was speaking of a platonic (sp) relationship...

Sheesh...I shall never read her posts the same ever again knowing what she is allowing her dd to do...in her own (albeit rented) home no less.

Such shock!

;o)

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Tue, 07-15-2003 - 9:15pm
I wouldn't expect the rent to change, just the utilities. Space is space is space. It's not like he'll be using up more of the rental space, just the utilities.

And do you approve this, sister???? Hmmmmmmmm?????? Are you going to help him move in? ;-)

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Tue, 07-15-2003 - 9:18pm
With regard to you last paragraph.... I hear ya. And that's my dear Niece we're talking about.
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Tue, 07-15-2003 - 10:07pm
<<<<>>>>

ROTFLMAO...The day DH and I "moved in together" (three weeks before our wedding day), MIL went to church and prayed for us while FIL moved the furniture. She actually believed that BIL and SIL were using the separate bedrooms they set up for her behalf until FIL showed her the (okay, this is SO gross) used condoms he found stashed in BIL's old bedroom. Apparently they "used" the room on a visit and left evidence.

I know, ick! Yuck! And gross! But more than a teeny bit funny...

Oh! And when my sister moved in w/her then-boyfriend, now rat-b*stard ex-husband, the utilities were split three ways, but she didn't contribute to the rent since she was sharing a room and bed w/the rbeh. Make sense?

C

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Tue, 07-15-2003 - 10:24pm
he will definitely pay some, and we want to make him sign a lease. she is in love, and doesnt think that is necessary, but i went on to tell her, even people getting married have prenups. shes so smart, but still very young.

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