(Closed) Married, with a roommate. And not happily so.

posted 6 years ago in Relationships
Post # 3
705 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I can’t relate 100% right now, but i can from past roommates.  FI and I also have roomates. There are somethings that they do that bother us, but i am sure that it works the same for them as well. But overall they are AWESOME roommates, and have been a blessing to us financially, giving us the ability to put more money towards our wedding.

I am sorry that you ended up with a bad roommate though, i have had one when i was in college and i spent more time away from home then at home. Honestly, it will come down to your husband to make it better! Sorry you are going through this, i am sure that it is hard on you personally, and possibly your relationship as well 🙁

Post # 4
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Oh I can’t imagine. I would hate a roommate, so I never have done it. It must be even worse when that person is essentially a third wheel intruding in your married life. 

He only pays $300? I have to ask though, is there anything from your monthly budget you can cut to replace his payment? Or maybe find a cheaper (I’m assuming you’re renting?) place to live, even if it is smaller. 

Post # 5
2286 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

I would have your husband talk to him and lay down ground rules about cleanliness. Unfortunately there’s not much you can do about him using the house as you’re both entitiled to use the house. If him being in the living room when he has a TV in his room bothers you that much then I would just pay for the box/dish/whatever so that he can us the TV in his room to watch cable. How much is it a month? Is it worth getting some of your sanity back?

Post # 6
643 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I’d look for another roommate if I were you. Have one set up and then kick him the F out!

Also, $300 a month is insanely cheap.

Post # 7
3692 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

At the very least, move your tv and cable box into your bedroom.

Post # 8
2959 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I vote for looking for another roommate as well. This one is hurting your marriage. Best friend or not, it’s time for this roommate to go.

Post # 10
578 posts
Busy bee

i can relate to bad roommates. this was me last year! I never ever even came out of my room because my guy roommate would leave the place completely trashed. I would try so hard to clean but the next day it would be back to nasty. I just lived in my room that year. this year i have a different roommate and my life is 1000 times better. I suggest trying to just find a different roommate! they’re not all bad.

get rid of this guy, no matter what. it’s not worth straining your marriage!!!

Post # 13
1348 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Move your tv and cable into your room and have a talk to him about cleaning up after himself. Let him know that you like a clean house and if he wants to be a slob, do so in his room where you won’t be bothered by it.

I’d also tell him that if he continues to leave lights on you’ll have to up his rent to help with the electricity bill because it’s costing more.

Post # 14
2359 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Ugh, I’m so sorry. :/ 

I’m moving in with my Fiance and his roommate after the wedding, and we’ll be stuck with him until the end of July when the lease is up.

How long is the lease on your current place? Are there any less expensive places you could try to find for just the two of you?

The apartment that Fiance and I are going to be sharing with his friend/roommate is a 2-bedroom townhome that we wouldn’t be able to afford on our own, but we also don’t want him as a roommate forever.

So we’re looking at smaller 1/1 apartments in the area, for about $550-600/month + utilities. It’ll be a stretch, but I’d rather pick up an extra job than deal with a roommate.

Post # 15
1469 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Seems like you are way too hesitant to air your frustration with both your husband and his friend. Does your husband know how you feel? If so, has he said anything to his friend??

Post # 16
580 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I haven’t had a roommate since college, but I had some challenging ones, so I can relate on that aspect. 

I will say that my BEST roommate experiences were with people that I did not know. My best friend at the time and I lived together for a year and it just about ruined our friendship. We are still friends but we have honestly never been as close. 

If you would be comfortable finding someone who was looking for a place to live but was a stranger to you, that might be an option. IMO, it’s easier to lay down ground rules with people that are not “friends.” I understand, however, if this is not an option you are comfortable with. 

If that option would not work, I would have a frank chat with Darling Husband and lay out what you’ve said here. Increase the rent, make him pay for his own cable box, etc.

Hope it gets better for you! 🙂

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