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Worst roommate habits revealed: These are the things that drive your housemates mad!



Leading room share platform, ideal flatmate, has revealed the worst things you can do as a roommate when it comes to disrupting a harmonious flat share.

ideal flatmate surveyed 1,000 people currently renting a house and asked them – what is the worst thing about sharing with a roommate?  

The overwhelming winner was a lack of cleanliness with 32% of people causing a stink over their roommates causing a stink! 

If you can’t keep clean, the least you can do is pull your weight, and 22% of people stated that roommates that don’t do their fair share of the housework was the worst thing about sharing a house.  

It’s a habit that divides the nation, but people that smoke without consideration for their roommates is the third biggest bug bear (11%), along with not splitting bills fairly (9%), your housemate eating your food (6%) and the amount of time spent in the bathroom in the morning (5%). 

Partying, pets, nocturnal exercise and walking around half naked ranked as the least annoying things about sharing a house with roommates.

Co-founder of ideal flatmate, Tom Gatzen, commented:

“While the room share space may have evolved due to the integration of technology improving the speed and convenience of finding a roommate, the things that remain most important to those in a co-living environment remain largely the same as they’ve always been.

People don’t tend to care about your skin colour, your sexual orientation, or what clothes you wear, but the basic courtesies of pulling your weight with the house work, keeping clean, and respecting others are what form the basis of a great house share.  

Of course, when you live with someone, there will always be friction points, that’s natural. However, we’ve found that by matching people based on personality, interests and lifestyle, we can reduce the amount of friction dramatically and create a far happier environment for all involved.”

What is the worst thing about sharing with a roommate/s?
Bad habit Percentage
Poor cleanliness 32%
Not doing their fair share of chores 22%
Smoking in the house 11%
Not splitting costs/bills fairly 9%
Eating my food 6%
The amount of time they spend in the bathroom in the morning 5%
Partying with their friends at short notice 5%
Stinking out the place with the food they eat 4%
Partying with their significant other in the bedroom (sex) 4%
Their pet 1%
Walking around naked/half dressed 1%

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Five small gambles that could net you enough for a mortgage deposit



It can be tough to get on the property ladder and even the initial deposit is a big financial hurdle for many,  setting the average UK homebuyer back by £23,271.

With wages failing to keep pace with house price growth the affordability gap continues to grow and so property competition has looked at five scenarios where you could win enough cash to put down a 10% deposit on a typical property. 

Premium Bonds monthly draw

Premium Bonds see investors buy bonds where they qualify for a prize after a month.

If you invest £1 in a bond you have a one in 25,500 chance of winning a prize, however your odds of winning a meaningful prize are slimmer.

Indeed, the chance of winning more than £25,000 with a £1 bond is one in 3,565 million.

The chance of winning the top prize of £1m is also one in 40.99 billion, so don’t hold your breath. 

The Pools – footie5

Think you know your football?

Using a free bet, you could win £25,000 if you correctly predict the results of five matches in a given round. 

SkySports Super 6 

This is like the previous bet – but even harder.

If you predict the scores of six football matches you’d win £250,000, over the

£232,710 average house price. 

It seems a tall order, though you could attempt the feat as a free bet.

Betway 4 to score

You could similarly win a hefty sum with Betfair with a free bet, though the criteria to win is precise.

In four matches you’d need to select the first goalscorer correctly every time.

This sounds achievable if strikers like Harry Kane score first, though if a center-back scores from a corner you might come unstuck.

Euromillions – match 5

This game is £2.50 to play and the goal is to match five numbers with what’s selected.

If you get all five you’d win around £23,590, enough for a house deposit.

There’s approximately a one in 3.107 million chance of that happening.  

Marc Gershon from commented:

“Property affordability has become a huge issue and while these bets may seem unlikely to come in, they may be a more realistic route to secure a foot on the ladder for some. Whether it’s football, premium bonds, the lottery, or even a house competition like Win My Dream Home, it’s always important to bet responsibly and within your means.” 

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