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Bad Roommate II: Electric Boogohgodpleasekillme

Problematic roommate finally moves out. Everybody is happy! Problematic roommate gives one day's notice that she is moving back in. Everybody is sad! How to head off disaster? [more inside]
posted by dekathelon on Apr 15, 2014 - 53 answers

 

Should I have a roommate if I'm bad at having one?

Should I have a roommate if most of my experiences with roommates have been bad? / How can I be better at living with others? [more inside]
posted by ichomp on Mar 30, 2014 - 17 answers

Roommate Rules

I am getting a new roommate soon and this time, I want to do everything right. Please share your platonic cohabitation tips! [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Mar 15, 2014 - 28 answers

What sort of notice do I owe my roommates? I want to move ASAP.

How much notice should I give my roommates if I want to move out as fast as possible without being a total jerk? Would paying the rent I owe for April be acceptable instead of giving them a 30 day notice? I'm not actually on the lease, if that helps. I haven't been in a situation like this before, so I am not 100% sure what to do. Thanks.
posted by anonymous on Mar 14, 2014 - 15 answers

because "wow, you're a terrible person" won't make me many friends

Getting to know your new roommates when a problematic roommate dominates it all [more inside]
posted by dekathelon on Feb 8, 2014 - 22 answers

unempathic roommate?

I work in a human services discipline, and recently one of my clients passed away unexpectedly, most likely due to natural causes. I was shocked and very sad to find out about this, but also had a number of other clients to see that day, and so coped with it during the day as best I could. That evening, when my roommate asked about my day, I briefly told her what had happened and that I was pretty affected by it. She, a nurse, gave a response best paraphrased as "Yeah, that sucks, when my first client died it was really hard for me, it could have been suicide, did you think about that?" and then launched into a long description of everything that had happened to her that day. I was rather stunned by her apparent disinterest in my experience, and didn't say anything, but I've been feeling pretty annoyed since then, and am not sure how to best deal with this. [more inside]
posted by ribbit ribbit on Dec 20, 2013 - 33 answers

My roommate hates me. I can't afford to move out. What do I even do?

How do you live in an apartment with a roommate who would probably prefer if you dropped dead? [more inside]
posted by dekathelon on Nov 12, 2013 - 78 answers

Surprise! I'm moving out!

O wise people of AskMeFi, please help me decide if I'm being too impulsive in jumping at a chance to move out of my parents' place. I really want this, but I want to make sure I won't regret it a few months down the road. [more inside]
posted by cucumber patch on Nov 11, 2013 - 15 answers

I want to move to NYC and get a design/dtp job. Or graduate school.

I'm a fresh college graduated from a European academy for Graphic Design and want to move to NYC to gather more experience in the field, and live there for a while. Question about job search and accommodation. Considering doing a masters degree too. [more inside]
posted by ahtlast93 on Nov 7, 2013 - 10 answers

Renting with roommates... can things de-escalate?

Ok, so I'm living in Chicago with a few of my SO's old roommates from college. We've known them for less than a year and I can admit maybe we jumped into a year lease too soon. However, what recourse do we have right now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 16, 2013 - 10 answers

When living with others, what are unreasonable requests?

And what to do when someone blows up at you for what you believe to be a reasonable request. [more inside]
posted by eq21 on Oct 2, 2013 - 52 answers

Down to the wire

I'm looking for an Oct. 1st roommate share in Brooklyn, and so far I'm coming across shockingly few places listed on Craigslist. Is there another list I'm not aware of? I already put word out to my network. Details: -- I've lived in BK for six years (Crown Heights + Park Slope), and have never had trouble finding a place before. --Budget is $1100 and under. --Looking to stay for 6 months or longer --I'm searching under "rooms & shares" AND "sublets & temporary" Thanks!!
posted by jessca84 on Sep 20, 2013 - 7 answers

Drama with a potential roommate - time to cut and run?

I've been planning to move to another city, and become roommates with a friend, but things got a bit weird this week and I don't know whether to fight the urge to run away fast or instead listen to it and head for higher ground. [more inside]
posted by six sided sock on Aug 16, 2013 - 39 answers

How to solve problems with roommate's cat--and roommate himself?

My roommate has a problem cat. The cat pees where she shouldn't pee, has created $400 in vet bills in one of my cats, and continues to fight with aforementioned cats. The problem: my roommate won't actually do anything about any of this. Now what? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Jul 24, 2013 - 37 answers

Tips and Tricks for living in a shared house

If you've lived in a house with a lot of other people in it, what has helped keep the peace and made things run smoothly for the household, short and long term? [more inside]
posted by hippybear on Jul 20, 2013 - 14 answers

How should four roommates go about getting a couch in NYC?

I'm down to buy a couch, but I don't want to own a couch. I think everyone else I'm living with feels the same. But we have a big empty living room and need a couch. [more inside]
posted by windbox on Jul 16, 2013 - 20 answers

Learning to see my own slovenliness

How do you develop an eye for seeing messes and clutter before they get out of control? [more inside]
posted by ActionPopulated on Jul 12, 2013 - 20 answers

What should I do to protect my neck during this roommate situation?

I moved to a new city and I'm currently living by myself in a decent sized but single bedroom apartment. I recently met a friend who's looking for a place to stay with his girlfriend for one month so they can save a little money to get on their feet again. Raising all sorts of red flags already? That's why I love you guys. Besides "Just say no", what can we both do to protect our interests? [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE on Jun 25, 2013 - 30 answers

This could be a sitcom plot...if it was actually funny.

One of three mutual friends of mine (who are all roommates) has been behaving very strangely and it is making things awkward. Should I address this or hope it goes away on its own? [more inside]
posted by bolognius maximus on Jun 23, 2013 - 19 answers

Social Anxiety & Roommate Living

How do I live with roommates (mega-extroverts at that) when I'm introverted and kinda crazy? [more inside]
posted by lollipopgomez on May 27, 2013 - 22 answers

Bronx Housing Help

A friend is in an abusive situation with her current roommates and I would like to be able to provide some resources to help find alternate housing and tips on how to deal with the bad situation until she can find something else. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 3, 2013 - 6 answers

Help me with SSI information

A relative of mine is on SSI (and has been for a decade). He has always lived with family members until recently. He just moved to a different state (WA) and rented a room in a house occupied by a couple. The rental house owners put him on the lease. Of the couple, only the female is on the lease. When he went to the SSA office to change address, the worker wants the couples income and expense information before they will approve his SSI transfer. Is this normal? [more inside]
posted by batikrose on Apr 5, 2013 - 6 answers

Sharing Spaces with Roommates

What is a normal way to share common spaces among four roommates? If there isn't a norm, how do I (should I?) approach a roommate about her things in common spaces? [more inside]
posted by mild deer on Mar 22, 2013 - 15 answers

It's yo' cat / It's yo' problem!

CatLivingFilter: One of my roommate's two cats has become very attached to me, probably because my roommate (by his own admission) inherited the cat from an ex relationship and never really liked it that much. That's cool--I like cats, and cats like me. What I don't like is that the cat has become so attached that it will yell inconsolably outside my door, scratch at my door, and sometimes even bash into my door in despair of not being in my room. This has become a major sleep disrupting problem for me. What can I reasonably expect my roommate to do to respond to this situation? [more inside]
posted by The Sock Puppet Sentience Movement on Feb 14, 2013 - 35 answers

Sharing a car with roommates. What's the right price?

I bought a new car. What is a reasonable and fair way to split car usage expenses with roommates? [more inside]
posted by chrysanthemum on Dec 31, 2012 - 16 answers

1001th question about dealing with a roommate's boyfriend

My roommate and I both moved in to the apartment a few months ago. Her long-term boyfriend lives two hours away -- I knew about this beforehand, and was prepared for frequent visits. But it's exceeded my expectations, and I don't feel very comfortable. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 4, 2012 - 33 answers

Roommate troubles: how to be diplomatic when I'm just really annoyed? (Chinese roommate filter - cross cultural perspectives appreciated)

Roommate troubles: how to be diplomatic when I'm just really annoyed? (Chinese roommate filter - cross cultural perspectives appreciated) [more inside]
posted by Rinoia on Nov 4, 2012 - 26 answers

Please help me get this flea problem solved

How would you handle this? I need to get my roommate to: 1) accept there are fleas in the house and that his dog has a really bad case of them; 2) accept that if there are fleas, that it's a problem that we need to try to fix; 3) treat his own room. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 25, 2012 - 29 answers

Roommate's GF has effectively moved in... what to do?

At what point is a roommate's SO effectively considered "moved in"? And how do you deal with that? [more inside]
posted by symbollocks on Oct 16, 2012 - 28 answers

Keep Track of My Food

Is there a good way for my family to keep inventories of our refrigerator and freezers? [more inside]
posted by EtzHadaat on Sep 4, 2012 - 9 answers

How to exit gracefully from an unworkable & unaffordable living situation?

Back in May I cosigned a lease for an apartment with a friend of a friend running from July to July. Thanks to changing circumstances since then, I can't afford it and I have no choice but to get out of the whole arrangement by September, before university starts back up again. The province I'm in has extremely pro-tenant rental laws, so transferring the lease will not be a problem. What concerns me is dropping this bomb on the cosigner, who is 4000 km away until, well, just when I'd have to leave. Since we were introduced in April for the purposes of being roommates, he's also shown himself to be far more naive than he appears when it comes to stuff like this. But I've also committed a huge error in judgement by signing for this place, and I feel guilty for helping to convince him. I've accepted I'll have to burn more than one bridge. But I'm way too overwhelmed by the hundreds of responsibilities have piled up on my shoulders, and need to tell him very soon. How do I make this as quick, painless and guilt-free as is possible? More on the "changing circumstances" inside: read just the bold bits if you're short on time. [more inside]
posted by denmarkstreet on Jul 21, 2012 - 6 answers

It's not EVERY cat, just yours

I think I'm allergic to my roommate's new cat. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by dekathelon on Jun 23, 2012 - 25 answers

We want to politely ask our roommate to leave and are wondering about how to do this nicely while also avoiding any possible legal issues in California

We want to politely ask our roommate to leave and are wondering about how to do this politely while also avoiding any possible legal issues in California [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 13, 2012 - 10 answers

Practicalities regarding moving apartments and finding roommates

Tell me about the practicalities of finding a new roommate/apartment. [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver on Jun 1, 2012 - 6 answers

Cleaning Schedule that Works?

I live with two roommates and need to provide a new cleaning schedule. The once a week, one person does everything, seemed ok until someone started missing weeks. [more inside]
posted by InterestedInKnowing on May 31, 2012 - 13 answers

Finding a roommate: beyond Craigslist edition

Where/how to find a good roommate? [more inside]
posted by catatethebird on May 23, 2012 - 10 answers

My house is a dump.

I live in a complete dump. How can I make the best of my crappy living situation while I look for a new place? [more inside]
posted by windbox on May 14, 2012 - 34 answers

How much should I expect to get repaid?

How much should I expect to get repaid? [more inside]
posted by Captain Chesapeake on May 5, 2012 - 38 answers

I just want it on paper that he stole a security deposit

Just found out that the NYC Statute of Limitations is 6 years. The roommate stole my security deposit 6.5 years ago. Is it too late? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 30, 2012 - 12 answers

Major in Sanity.

I am either starting doctoral studies this fall or downsizing to a graduate student lifestyle in preparation for entering a program next fall (2013). What kind of living arrangement is likeliest to give me the best combination of economy and sanity? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Apr 9, 2012 - 20 answers

Roommate's approach to fixing his dog's bad behaviour is through telling him "don't do that", and my cat is in constant fear.

Roommate's dog is untrained and terrorises cats. The roommate won't do anything really (except verbally address his dog "don't do that") Needless to say the dog does many things that are bad besides terrorizing my cat and another roommate's cat Like a parent with an out of control child, what do you do??? [more inside]
posted by pixienat on Apr 6, 2012 - 34 answers

Should I give up my life alone?

Has you ever gone (voluntarily, without pressing financial/other need) from living alone to living in a roommate/group house situation again? Is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by downing street memo on Apr 6, 2012 - 23 answers

How to deal with a pot-intolerant roommate?

My roommate is going to try to kick me out of the apartment for breaching one of his rules twice. I am struggling with communicating how sorry I am and how much I would like to stay. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 28, 2012 - 46 answers

Upstairs, Downstairs

She needs to sleep early without any noise, mom and I need to use the kitchen which inevitably causes noise. Help! [more inside]
posted by oceanview on Mar 19, 2012 - 35 answers

Landlord has told me my room is already leased/unavailable for next year? What?

My landlord just informed me that my room is unavailable for next year since he already signed someone else... and I've no idea what to think of this. [more inside]
posted by isaynay on Mar 13, 2012 - 35 answers

Help me with finding a housemate.

Older MeFites: how did you find a housemate or shared house, and how did it work? Details within. [more inside]
posted by Wordwoman on Mar 9, 2012 - 20 answers

Roommates dog craps in my room - roommate doesn't care.

How can I convince my roommate to put her dog away when she leaves, especially when it isn't potty trained and craps everywhere? [more inside]
posted by isaynay on Mar 2, 2012 - 56 answers

Potential domestic violence/abuse roommate situation?

I think I'm in a potential domestic violence/abuse roommate situation. Help! [more inside]
posted by dubious_dude on Feb 28, 2012 - 43 answers

Let's hang out ... but only at my place

Looking for advice about how to deal with spending a disproportionate amount of time at one person's house when in a relationship ... while my situation may be unique, I'm hoping others have done the dating-while-living-with-folks thing, or the dating-with-a-horrible-roommate thing, or dating-someone-who-doesn't-drive thing. I can feel myself getting resentful, and that's not fair - it's no one's fault. [more inside]
posted by athena2255 on Feb 23, 2012 - 22 answers

Roommate issues - how to level?

Personal issues with new roommate; two males. How do we resolve this and move forward? [more inside]
posted by dubious_dude on Feb 15, 2012 - 39 answers

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