Bizarre list of requirements in housemate advert goes viral

Danielle Fowler
·Freelance Writer
Housemate
A bizarre list of housemate requirements has gone viral [Photo: Getty]

We’ve all had our fair share of housemate horror stories from tedious arguments over who last took the bin out to passive aggressive Post-it notes left on the fridge.

But one person’s checklist for a new London housemate has gone viral for its superbly long (and admittedly unrealistic) set of requirements.

Twitter user @rxdazn posted the bizarre message on Twitter after a friend was sent the response on the UK’s largest flat-sharing website, SpareRoom.

To kick-start the list of stipulations, the anonymous person writes: “I work from home five days a week and I need the place to myself. If you have a proper job, this shouldn’t be a problem. Students who go to university on random days for a few hours or stay at home all day long and chill out unfortunately can’t live here.”

But if that isn’t enough to make any future housemate feel uncomfortable in their own home, the list also includes bathroom restrictions.

“If you have to run to the toilet 15 times a day or every 15 minutes, don’t move in here,” the message states.

Also off limits is using door handles rather than pushing doors to slam, laughing out loud after 11pm and cooking in the flat before 8.30am and/or after 11pm.

“I don’t like people spending a lot of time cooking in general,” the person adds. “If you ONLY eat cooked/fried meals because you don’t know how to make a sandwich, and you hang around the kitchen for hours a day (and I do mean HOURS) or spend every weekend preparing elaborate meals and baking, etc, this isn’t a place for you.”

The set of tenancy agreements also rules out dinner party guests (not that you’re allowed to so much as turn on the oven), as the list also states: “I don’t want to constantly see your friends hanging around the flat. If you have guests three times a week, it’s too much.”

Other highlights include no canned beans (the flatmate is looking for “sophistication”) while any dish that requires washing up is also strictly off limits.

Unsurprisingly, the tweet has amassed almost 2,000 retweets with social media users taking to the digital platform to mock the advertisement:

But with the number of renters in the UK on the rise, there’s sadly not much room to be picky when it comes to choosing a property.

According to the Family Resources Survey, the proportion of of 35 to 54-year-olds who live as private tenants has nearly doubled in 10 years since 2006.

Meanwhile, the BBC reports that renting among 45 to 50-year-olds is also on the rise with debt playing a large factor.

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