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To think this is going to be more trouble than it's worth?

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ColumnA Fri 02-Feb-18 06:56:13

I'm looking to rent my spare room out. I gave potential housemates two options:

Option 1: mon-fri for a reduced rate
Option 2: full time for the cost of option 1+£150.

Option 2 is market rate. Option 1 is a bit cheaper because I'd prefer a mon-fri tenant.

So I had someone view the room and say they were away at least every other weekend and could that be taken into account. I said I'd come up with some figures for pro-rata weekends and get back to him.

Then he texts me saying that when he's away for the weekend it costs him at least £20 in travel and he'd like that taken into account when I calculate pro-rata costs.

I've said no, he says he's still intetested regardless. But, now I'm thinking that he's maybe a piss taker and every little thing will be a struggle and do I need that in my life. But, the tenancy would only be for 3 months and I do like money.

So AIBU to think this isn't worth it and hold out for another housemate?

Rolypolybabies Fri 02-Feb-18 06:58:34

Nah. He sounds hard work! Trust your judgement

MyBrilliantDisguise Fri 02-Feb-18 06:58:42

Get a different flatmate. This one is taking the piss.

Lillylollylandy Fri 02-Feb-18 07:00:14

He’ll be a pain. Trust your instincts.

ScreamingValenta Fri 02-Feb-18 07:00:43

My instincts would be exactly the same as yours, so it boils down to whether the money is worth the potential hassle! I suspect he would be forever looking for discounts for this reason or that reason, so if you do take him on as a tenant you would have to be very firm from the outset that the agreed rent takes into consideration all limitations on occupancy and all defects in the accommodation.

StealthPolarBear Fri 02-Feb-18 07:01:43

His travelling costs are not your responsibility

confusedlittleone Fri 02-Feb-18 07:02:26

How does a mon-fri tennant work?? Surely they don't have to take all their stuff with them at the weekend? And if they don't then your still entitled to charge them because it's still a room in your house you can't use

ColumnA Fri 02-Feb-18 07:04:29

See this is exactly what I was thinking. The original proposal of some weekends here some not would take goodwill on both sides to work and I get the impression I'd have to get every conversation watertight to avoid him taking the piss.

ColumnA Fri 02-Feb-18 07:06:13

confusedlittleone Id be happy for a mon-fri tenant to leave their stuff there because I don't often use the room. It's more about having the place to myself at the weekends and for the tenant it's a cheap(er) way of staying near work when they have a family home elsewhere.

EmpressOfJurisfiction Fri 02-Feb-18 07:08:33

I don't think he's worth the hassle. If he's difficult now he'd be worse once he's in.

Ringonrighthand Fri 02-Feb-18 07:10:25

Definitely hard work! What if he didn't go away one weekend? Or went 3 out of 4? He would be asking for a reduction that month. Not worth it I don't think.

londonrach Fri 02-Feb-18 07:13:22

Yanbu. Tell him the price is that no reduction for travelling (not your problem) etc or look for another person. Im tempted to look for another one as i would nt trust this one to try and get a reduction every which way. Nope tell him on and why so he learns from this

Slartybartfast Fri 02-Feb-18 07:30:24

oh i looked at a room in a house where basically they didnt want me at the weekends. Non starter from my point of view. but I see you have the type of person in mind. If you have no other offers you could consider him.

Saracen Fri 02-Feb-18 07:31:34

YANBU. No problem with him wanting a discount for an every-other-weekend arrangement, bearing in mind that you get to have the place to yourself sometimes and that you enjoy that. But I am shock at the very idea that he thinks that his travel costs are at all relevant to the negotiation on the price of the room. ??

What other personal financial outlays of his own will he be trying to lay at your door??

(Reminds me of a landlord I once met who was proposing to charge significantly above market rate for a house which he wasn't keeping in good repair - we could see things crumbling when we went to view it. He said that this was reasonable since if he charged a lower rent, then the rent "wouldn't even cover the mortgage" as if that should matter to a tenant! We practically ran away at that moment.)

Rudi44 Fri 02-Feb-18 07:32:31

Give him a fixed price, say it's non negotiable and you want a months rent in advance each month. He either agrees or doesn't. It's it's only for a few months it should be ok

museumum Fri 02-Feb-18 07:35:27

I think given you want the place to yourself at weekends and if you think you’ll get another option you could say it’s price1+£75 and he’s only allowed to stay two weekends a month. Take it or leave it.

ColumnA Fri 02-Feb-18 07:37:37

@slartybartfast well I'm looking for someone who works in the area and goes home at the weekends ideally. But if a full-time tenant was all I could get then i would expect them to make full use of the flat at weekends.

StickThatInYourPipe Fri 02-Feb-18 07:40:45

Op honestly I think you should keep as option a or option b. Don’t let people take the piss with ‘oh I want eow, take that into account’

gettingbacktoresearch Fri 02-Feb-18 07:42:15

Make sure you are clear about overnight guests too....

Peachyking000 Fri 02-Feb-18 07:42:35

He wants you to pay his travelling costs? I would say no

PoorYorick Fri 02-Feb-18 07:48:18

Nah, don't bother. Anyone who expects you to effectively foot the bill for their travel when they're away is a pisstaker and not worth it.

CrabappleBiscuit Fri 02-Feb-18 07:50:43

I’d advertise just a mon to Friday then everyone is clear and you won’t get pisstaking. He’s taking the piss.

thecatsthecats Fri 02-Feb-18 07:53:19

He wouldn't be getting a second offer from me.

In fact, if you don't need the money drastically, I've heard anecdotally of tues-thurs rents - for the people who needed mon-fri rents for work but want to save money and spend more time with their families.

dancinfeet Fri 02-Feb-18 07:54:08

To those saying who want a Mon-Fri tenancy - I knew someone who did this. Worked in London during the week and had lodgings, travelled home to wife and kids late Fri evening back to Yorkshire. Returned back to London on Sunday evening.
The job that he had in London paid far more than anything he could find in our area at the time (though this was in the depths of the recession about 8/9 years ago) and his wife had a job during the week when the children were at school. Grandparents lived nearby and were willing to look after the children during the holidays saving a fortune on childcare, and it meant that they could afford both the London lodgings for one and a mortgage on a lovely four bedroom house up north.
I think they kept this arrangement going for a couple of years at least, until he managed to find a more suitable job locally that worked for them. I am not sure if this kind of arrangement would work for many, or if it's a common occurrence?

trojanpony Fri 02-Feb-18 07:56:06

he's maybe a piss taker and every little thing will be a struggle

Trust your gut.

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