How much to pay my temporary hosts as I sublease my place for a week?
February 20, 2009 5:21 PM Subscribe
I'm renting out my apartment for a week-long festival and staying with a former roommate for the week. I expect this arrangement to be lucrative for me and I want to share some of the wealth with former roommate. What's an appropriate amount to pay my temporary hosts?
posted by anonymous to Grab Bag (12 answers total)
The festival is actually 9 days long and attracts lots of visitors to town, visitors who want a place to stay near all the action. My apartment is located very near all the festival activity and can sleep two comfortably (or sleep four if you don't mind sharing full-sized beds). I'm planning on renting it for $150/night.
For the week, I'm moving most of my personal stuff out and staying with C. and her housemates. Last year I lived in a house with C. and two other people; C. now lives there with A. and a third roommate who is about to leave and be replaced (will happen around the time I'm staying with them).
I was planning on staying in the living room, but turns out A. will be out of town, so she's offered to let me stay in her room (which has its own bath). Perfect! Money's tight for all of us, so I'm glad to pay them a portion of what I'll be making for the inconvenience of having me in their space for a week. How much is appropriate? Should I pay the same amount to all three roommates?
My relationship with C. is good but casual. We like each other and are friendly, but don't really hang out now that we don' t live together. I've met A. a few times and we got along, but again, we're not close friends or anything. I'm a pretty considerate houseguest, so I don't think it will be a big burden to have me around. So, what's my magic number, hivemind?
Sorry for all the detail; trying to anticipate follow-up questions. Anonymous b/c my landlord probably doesn't want me doing this and I'm paranoid he'll find out somehow.