How To Fairly Divide An Apartment re: Rent
March 26, 2010 2:42 PM Subscribe
Who should pay what among a group of renters, subletters, and others for a summer?
posted by hepta to human relations (12 answers total)
So, the dreaded roomate subletting question....
Last year, roomates X, Y, and Z had subletters for the summer. Roomates X and Y were not in town, while Roomate Z remained in the apartment. The subletters were a couple, A and B, who lived in Y's room. They each paid $300/month (the Roomates all pay $550/month, totally inclusive) which went to Roomates X and Y. Roomate Z paid her full rent all summer. It all worked out fine, with no complaints. This summer though, is shaping up to be more difficult.
Again, Roomates X and Y are not going to be in town. Roomate Z is. Z wants her girlfriend (S) to live in the apartment as well, sharing her bedroom. Z thinks that this should mean S splits her rent, giving nothing to Roomates X and Y. X and Y think that since utilities are included in the rent, it is not fair for them to pay for Z and S's showers/internet/cable/air conditioning/etc all summer. As well, the apartment is small, with one common room.
Complicating the issue is the presence of two other subletters. They want to rent out X and Y's rooms, each paying $350/month. This means that X and Y will each be getting $350 per month from a subletter, and nothing from S. This also seems unfair to the subletters, who are in effect paying more to receive the same space and utilities as S.
It kind of looks like this:
Subletter 1 gives $350/month to Roomate X, who is not living in the apartment.
Subletter 2 gives $350/month to Roomate Y, who is not living in the apartment.
S gives ~$225/month to Roomate Z, who is living in the apartment.
Other Facts: Roomate Z is very tight on money and has been on the edge of eviction at least once this year, after paying her rent late several times. Roomates X and Y can afford their rents better than she, but are not exactly flush with cash.
So, my question is: What should S pay, and to whom?
I realize this is a lot of acronyms and potentially unclear explanations, so if you have any questions, please ask!