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Thinking of Renting Edinburgh Property with Friends? Consider the Advantages and Disadvantages

By Lindsay Thomson Subscribe to RSS | April 18th 2012 | Views:

There is a famous saying that you can choose your friends, but you cannot choose your family. Hence one should take advantage of this fact and choose friends which might as well benefit us. This is specifically true with regards to housemates. You must be really careful and make a sensible choice when choosing a housemate.

Living with friends is logical and easy in several ways, and much of the time things work out pretty well. Obviously there are ups and downs, but by and large it can be an easy life. Alternatively, when things go wrong, it gets a little messy. Before deciding whether or not to make your friends your housemates here are a few pointers you must take into consideration.

Advantages of having friends as housemates

First and foremost, living with friends is always fun. When deciding to rent an Edinburgh property with friends, it is essential that you must enjoy this. If not then you must live on your own.

If you want a property to rent in Edinburgh then it is important to rent with friends rather than strangers as there is always the added benefit of knowing them. Some people do have bad experiences when they rent with strangers e.g. finding their housemate to be a psychopath or a completely irresponsible person who cannot even feed your fish when you are away. Renting with friends does eliminate these risks to quite an extent, though people do change over time.

At the same time you must be aware of the fact that living with people is different than knowing them socially. Sometimes living together makes your friendship stronger while in some scenarios it completely ruins it.

Going for property to rent in Edinburgh is cheaper than living on your own as the bills and council tax are shared and if you are lucky you might even get cooked for. Also you will be having company whenever you want it, someone to talk to when you are sad.

Another fun thing about renting property together is that you will not have to do all chores yourself, as they will be shared between housemates.

There is also the added benefit of shared possession; you can munch on other people's food, which is a liberty almost everyone takes every now and then.


There are a number of problems which start from the very beginning e.g. which area to buy in. It has to be a convenient area for everyone and a house that everyone likes. Your friendship might suffer because of this and several other petty issues like toilet paper, washing up, bills, cleaning etc.

Almost always a shared house is a messy house. Will you be able to handle a housemate that makes a mess everywhere and does as little as possible in the cleaning department?

One of the biggest flaws is that you are never on your own even when you want to be.

Food space is also a problem unless you have shared food.

Sometimes things also change. One of the housemates wants to move in, or wants their partner to move in. Is this acceptable for you?

Being housemates is not all roses, you must think about your lifestyles and compatibility before becoming housemates so that your friendship does not suffer.

Lindsay Thomson - About Author:
Lindsay Thomson is a marketing officer for Greenlet, property lettings website in Edinburgh. If you want more information to rent flat in edinburgh, please visit property to rent in edinburgh.

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