Hygiene and noise ‘most annoying’ habits of Scots flatmates

Scottish renters spend almost 90 hours each year cleaning up after their flatmates. Picture: TSPL
Scottish renters spend almost 90 hours each year cleaning up after their flatmates. Picture: TSPL
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SCOTS splash £687 per year paying for food and bills for their flatmates, while hygience and noise causes the most arguments, a study has found.

The research also reveals they spend almost 90 hours each year cleaning up after the people they live with, with cleaning causing the most arguments amongst flatmates.

The study, commissioned by specialist energy provider for the lettings sector, Spark Energy, shows that hygiene and cleanliness are people’s biggest gripe when living in shared accommodation.

Nine in 10 renters spend time cleaning up after their flatmate and if someone is to rent for five years, they’ll waste almost 500 hours tidying up after other people.

Other shock findings reveal that tenants fork out an average of £687 each year replacing food their flatmates have eaten and £206 covering utility bills. This adds up to almost £4500 after five years.

There is also an east-west variation in annoying habits, as 51.2 per cent of Glaswegians see hygiene as the most annoying habit while people in Edinburgh get irked by noise (42.9 per cent).

Almost 70 per cent of respondents had been forced to bail out their room-mates when they couldn’t make rent payments while 5 per cent confessed they don’t really know the people they live with. Only 13 per cent enjoyed living with other people.

Noisy flatmates are another bugbear for people living in rented accommodation, listed as the second biggest cause of fights and a particularly unpopular habit.

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The study comes as Spark Energy launches a nation-wide hunt for Britain’s Favourite Flatmate (BFF), asking tenants to nominate roommates who have excelled in their role as a household companion.

Spark Energy is the leading supplier of energy for the lettings sector, offering a service that’s specially tailored for people in rented accommodation.

Based in the Scottish Borders, the company has provided gas, electricity and broadband to over 350,000 customers across Great Britain.

Chris Gauld, Spark Energy’s chief executive officer said: “There are around 9 million rental households across the UK and many of those are made up of housemates or flatmates sharing.

“As the leading energy supplier for tenants, this survey gives us an interesting glimpse into the lives of our customers and helps us get to know them a little better.

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