Post # 1
My roommate and I are currently looking for a new place that allows our pets. Anways,
In our current apartment, she has the big bedroom (she moved in first) and I live in a box. I’m talking like 8 by 9 feet.
She’s sweet, but a little spoiled, and keeps on saying how, “she’s gonna need tons of closet space in our new apartment!” and I have a pretty good feeling she’s going to try to get the bigger room with the bigger closet.
If the roles were reversed, and SHE had lived in a box all year, I’d feel like a huge jerk even thinking that I’d get the big room AGAIN this time.
UGH so awkward isn’t it? Gotta love roommate situations. I don’t want to sound demanding either. This is a new place for the both of us, so I’m not “entitled” to the big room, right?
Post # 3
@chicagoworkinggirl: whoever pays more gets the bigger room.
Post # 4
I would think it’s only fair that the person with the bigger room, more closet space, bigger in sq feet, should pay a little bit more for it.
Post # 5
@chicagoworkinggirl: usually the landlord or the roommates will decide that one room costs more than the other and whoever pays more gets the larger room. If you two plan on splitting the rent even steven I would bring it up to her WHILE you are still in the other apartment, because she may not be willing to move into a smaller room than she has now (and she may argue her stuff wont fit).
Post # 7
Haha maybe the two of you can even bid on the bigger room! Like if your rent is $2k just have an auction to see who’s willing to pay the most to get the better room. Start the bidding at $1k and watch your roommate bid it up to $1300 while you only have to pay $700. Now THAT would be a fair solution
Post # 8
the problem with the bidding is… well, what if nobody wants to pay more?
the other solution is switch rooms every 6 months
Post # 9
Do you pay the same rent as each other now?
I would say to her that you would like the large room, as she has the large room now. If not, you would like to pay less/her pay more seeing as it isn’t fair that she gets the large room both times and you’re both paying the same rent.
Also, talk to your landlord about the possibilities of paying slightly different rent – just in case he says no!
Post # 10
@bkrocks13: +1.. Can you offer to pay more for the master bedroom?
Post # 11
I was going to say, whoever pays more.. But considering that you have lived in a box for how long now.. I think you should get it.. But also how small is the “not nice” room??
Post # 12
@chicagoworkinggirl: I would have the conversation ahead of time that if you find an apartment you both love, but the rooms are not equivalent in size/storage/etc. that whoever gets that room needs to pay more in rent every month….but going in, I’d try to find something that’s as equal as possible, naturally.
Post # 13
We always just drew straws, and whoever got the short straw got the smallest room, and so on.
Offering to pay more (or at least have her pay a bit more) works too as long as it won’t cause unwanted drama!
Post # 14
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@bkrocks13: Absolutely. Make the bigger room more expensive and whomever is willing to pay extra gets the bigger room.
To give you an idea: I once rented a room in a 3 bedroom 3 bath house with three people. I paid $400 per month because I had a regular sized bedroom and had to share the guest bathroom with everyone in the house as well as any guests. The second roommate paid $500 a month because she got a regular sized bedroom and her own bathroom that she did not have to share. The third roommate paid $900 a month because he had the master suite with its own private bathroom.
Post # 15
It’s totally fair to have the person with the bigger room pay more.
Post # 16
I have never paid more/less based on the size of my room. If that’s how you do it and nobody wants to be the one paying more, I would draw straws or flip a coin…completely fair and unbiased.