Renting a Room (good or bad idea?)

United States
July 18, 2007 10:39am CST
My lover and I decided to rent a room out in our 3 bedroom home. We have taken in guys that dont work, guys that have stolen from us. The latest is a 19 year old who's perents pay for his rent. The first thing that bothers me is that he eats with his mouth open. He comes into my home and tries to run my house hold. I want out and paid for a 50" Plasma TV, two days later I come home and he has his backside ploped infront of it. His room come with a 36" tv. I told him that he has a tv in his room. I then changed the tv in the living room to my shows that I watch everyday and he made a comment that I could have asked. I of course thought to myself, I dont have to ask for nothing, I paid for the tv. My other half told me that I was wrong for doing what I did.
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@ckj6981 (195)
• Singapore
18 Jul 07
Thru my experience my advice to you is better don't rent. Just 2 months ago, my husband and I decided rent a room out in our 4 rooms flat to his ex-colleague. Because his ex-colleague can't find a place for his wife and 2 kids as he want to bring them over and apply PR for them. Before they get PR, temporary stay at my place until their PR is approve then only they move out. Now they already move out from my place as my husband and I really can't take it stay with them. Because they not hygeian at all - don't like shower before and after go out, never wash hands before eat and after go wash room. His kids wear slipper run in my hall. I have a 10 months old daughter and she is crawling around the house. And she like to put her finger in her mouth. I really worry my daughter get sick. At the end, we decided ask them find new place. Thanks God now they already our from my world.
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• United States
18 Jul 07
Dont get me wrong, he is a nice kid but mommy and daddy has paid for everything all of his life. Jason (my other half) was telling him that when he is not in his room that he needs to turn off lights or when he is not using his computer he needs to turn off the screen. He told Jason that the computer dose not use that much power to run. I came in on that note and told him that a computer with a 15.4 inch screen left on uses about $10.00 per month to run. I also told him that anything that gives off light or heat uses more power. My power bill in the summer was $280.00 per month. I have gotten it down to less then $100.00 per month. He told me where he come from, they did not worry about the power bill. I told him that is because you are a 19 year old kid that had mommy and daddy pay all the bills. He also stated that if I am so worried about the power bill why did I buy a new DVD player. I told him because I did cut down my power bill and the money I saved I can use to buy what I want. The problem is that Jason see $ signs and not how much this guy drives me nuts.
@ckj6981 (195)
• Singapore
18 Jul 07
Same as my tenant, they waste electricity. I charge him S$400 included utilities. When he move in my place, he only bring a computer. 1 week later he bought another computer follow with a microwave, 29" TV and a DVD player. I really not understand why he need microwave in his room as I have a microwave in the kitchen and he is allow to use it. Is the same as TV and DVD player, I have a set in my living room and in my children's playroom. If his kids want to watch cartoon, they can have it too. I really can't teke it and ask my husband told him when he move in he only mention he only have a computer why today he have so much eletrical in his room? Every month we only pay S$120 for the utilities bill. If this month our utilities bill is more than S$120, he had pay for the balance. Do you know how much my utilities bill for the month? Is S$414.06. This amount can pay for 3 months of my utilities bill.
• United States
18 Jul 07
I got smart by making him sign a lease for the room and part of it states that no food in the room. No smoking in the room. We provided the tv in the room and the cable. We also allow him to use our wifi connection for the internet (but I can block his computer from my router, hehehe). I just took my IRobot vacum out of this room because it did not even have the room to move and vacum. The other day he put chicken in my microwave and I asked him to put a paper towel over it. He asked me why and I told him because I am the one that cleans it. If he sees one dish in the sink he will not wash his. It could be just a spoon. Last night he put a coke in a glass and left the can on the counter. The trash was only 2 foot away. His sheets have not been washed for the 2 months he has been here. I told him we do not use the hot water cycle on the washer and of course he sets it for the hot water. I turn the hotwater to the washer off. He sets the dryer to run for two hours. I told him that it only needs to be set to about a half hour. He told me that he is not going to be here and did not want to come back to wet clothing in the dryer. I told him that it is a gas dryer and we do not leave it running when we leave the house. He then gose in his room and gose to sleep and did not leave the house. I went in his room the other day and changed the lights to the low watts to help with the power as he dose not know how to turn them off. I dont know am I just knitt picking?
• United States
23 Jul 07
You've every right to be upset. That's your house an the guy needs to respect that.My husband and I thought about renting out one of our rooms a while ago. But I would not be comfortable with some stranger living in my home. Just be very careful to who you rent too.
• United States
24 Jul 07
That's great news!Now enjoy the peace and quiet.
• United States
25 Jul 07
Well, he has not left yet. Today I locked my home office so that he could not go into it. He got mad and asked why I locked the door. I told him that it is my office and if I want to lock it, I will. I also stated to him that I did not want anyone in it. I told him that room was not encluded in the lease nor was my bedroom. He started to yell stating that he has been waiting for a fax. I told him that the fax in my office is not a toy and that it was not my problem that he gave my fax number out. I told him that he can send and receive a fax for a free of $2.00 per fax. The then stated that he would break down the door. I told him to go ahead and that I would have the police here to take him away. I said that I would tell the judge that I feel that he would leave town if they let him out of jail and the he sould be held. Well he did not touch my door. He said that an 11 year old even knows to ask someone to stay out of a room. I told him even a 19 year old should know to wash his dishes and to wipe off the counters when he is done in the kitchen. I then blocked his internet connection to my router. HaHaHa. I love power. I am almost 40 years old. I do not have to change my ways for a 19 year old child whos parents give him everything he wants. I reminded him who owns the house that he is trying to take over. He has been here about 2 months and has not vacumed his room once. He has not changed or washed the sheets on the bed in his room. What a pig he is.
• United States
25 Jul 07
Do you have the renter from hell? This 19 yr old pup has some nerve to threaten you in your own house! He just thinks he can take over the household. I would've charged him $3.00 for a fax.Tell him to go to the library to use the fax it's 25 cents.I would've lost it when he threatened to break down the door. Get a nanny cam that way your dear hubby can see what is going on when he's not there.God knows what his room looks like.Even my kids pick up their own messes. Wishing you the best my friend.