Bringing up Baby – in a Shared House

Today’s Budget did less that nothing for the growing number of young working families in London who have been forced, by the Housing crisis, to share houses and flats with others.

Unable to buy or even rent a place of their own even with two professional salaries coming in, more and more couples have to start families in accommodation where kitchens and bathrooms must be shared.

Additional stress comes from the need to find suitable housemates. As a result, 22 per cent of flatsharers admit having to move  three or more times before finding someone they can live with.

Research by YouGov for flatsharing network, Weroom, found that 35 per cent of flatsharers said it allows them to live in more exclusive locations and 21 per cent said it allows them to save towards a deposit.

But 71 per cent claimed they were wary of “housemates from Hell”, with complaints including not paying bills on time, noise and unsocial behaviour.

Clementine Guerin, a 25-year-old nanny and her partner, 25-year-old Julien Pansart, a barista at Costa Coffee, have had to move several time since their daughter, Agathe, was born two years ago.
“We are now living in a small semi-detached which has two bedrooms, one bathroom and a sitting room, which we found after checking various flatmate profiles through Weroom”, Clementine said.

“The rooms are small, so the three of us are living in the sitting room. Our flatmate is a single man who has a totally different lifestyle and different priorities, so we have had to set rules such as a limitation on parties and bringing girls back.

“We had to warn him about swearing in front of the baby. Bathroom schedules are crucial as if someone decides to take a shower at the wrong time, this can massively impact your day and make you late to work. But essentially we all get along and we can trust him which is a huge factor when bringing up a child in a flatshare. “

Thomas Villeneuve, CEO and Founder of Weroom, said: “Sites like ours enable those looking for a flatshare to meet potential roommates and landlords before moving in, so both sides can pick the best match.

“Half the people in our survey said they would be more likely to flatshare if they could get to know housemates before moving in. Almost eight in 10 said the most important quality trustworthiness, followed closely by 72 per cent who said they wanted someone that cleans regularly.

“On a lighter note, asked to name their ideal celebrity housemate, 8 per cent said they would like to live with Jamie Oliver, while 7 per cent named Prince Harry.”

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