The housemate line-up in a share house can change at any given moment. Someone moves overseas, another person is sick of a commute, or you decide to move in with your partner. Whatever the reason may be, there are a few practical considerations to make as soon as you deliver or hear the news.
The game plan
A lot of this decision will come down to your lease terms – if you still have many months left on a watertight lease, it will likely be more affordable for everyone to get a new housemate in and stick it out. Start by asking friends to spread the word and place an advertisement on a flatmate-finder website. Once you have a list of potentials, start the interview process to find a replacement.
If you decide to abandon the house and it’s a rental, let your property manager know right away to determine what the best next steps are and look to your lease to see how much notice you need to give.
Before you part ways, be sure you’ve split all outstanding bills including internet, electricity, gas, and water. If you haven’t yet reached the end of your billing period, use a previous bill as a reference and divide the total up by the number of days billed then multiply this number by the number of outstanding bills. Stick to the rules of splitting bills to ensure no one winds up parting ways angry over a dollar!
Who owns what?
If you’ve lived in a place for long enough, it’s easy enough to forget that the fridge actually isn’t yours. Check what items belong to whom and what the person who is leaving wants to do with big items. If they’re heading overseas or into a furnished home, it will be far more affordable and less annoying for the remaining housemates to buy them at an agreed cost.
Whether everyone decides to move out or it’s just one person, the shifting of furniture is a great excuse to do a major clean-up. Divide up the jobs to keep it fair and ensure the room that is being left empty is left spotless for someone new to move into.
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