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Just curious as to know how many of us have ever found themselves unwittingly sharing accomodation with someone who is either:

A: Mental.

B: Utterly impossible to live with.

C: All of the above.

So far in my illustrious few years on this planet I have found myself sharing flats with a ball crunching feminist, a crazy animal rights activist/vegan/hippie who lectured us for eating meat and hid our bacon. A kleptomaniac yank who, on his leaving day tried to exit with a duffel bag loaded with most of my wardrobe and one guy who was quite a nice chap until he hit the drugs a bit too hard and went completely section 8, having to be escorted from the premesis after flying into a paranoid rage and destroying most of the house.

There were quite a few more but that should get us started, those above are quite tame really, some people I knew in Uni found themselves shacked up with some absolute nutters.

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Just curious as to know how many of us have ever found themselves unwittingly sharing accomodation with someone who is either:

A: Mental.

B: Utterly impossible to live with.

C: All of the above.

So far in my illustrious few years on this planet I have found myself sharing flats with a ball crunching feminist, a crazy animal rights activist/vegan/hippie who lectured us for eating meat and hid our bacon. A kleptomaniac yank who, on his leaving day tried to exit with a duffel bag loaded with most of my wardrobe and one guy who was quite a nice chap until he hit the drugs a bit too hard and went completely section 8, having to be escorted from the premesis after flying into a paranoid rage and destroying most of the house.

There were quite a few more but that should get us started, those above are quite tame really, some people I knew in Uni found themselves shacked up with some absolute nutters.

C. I think there`s a book called `He Died With A Falafel In One Hand` about the joys of house-sharing. ;)

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In my first year as a PhD student I ended up in a large house which the university rented to around 12 postgrads. One of them was a Nigerian who, on the rare occasions that he'd actually talk to anyone, claimed to be a world famous poet. He would spend days on end sitting in the communal living room watching a video of Princess Di's funeral. He'd watch the whole three-hour tape, rewind it and then start again, taking only occasional breaks to boil a large cauldron of pigs' trotters in the kitchen, thereby stinking the whole house out. After about a year, a new cleaner started one morning. She went into Reginald's room, came out looking white as a sheet and ran from the house. By the time I got back from the campus that evening, he'd gone, never to return. I don't know what she found in there, but it can't have been pretty.

A few years later I ran the bloke's name past someone I was introduced to at a conference as being an expert on West African literature - she had heard of him and he did have a significant reputation in those circles. As with Van Gogh's DIY plastic surgery, I guess arty types just have unusual habits.

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I've never had a flatmate who isn't mental and/or difficult to live with. The last one had a habit of sub-letting every spare room to his mates without telling the landlord, resulting in no end of conflict when the landlord paid a visit.

Never again do I share.....

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I remember a story from Germany, maybe 15 years ago, about a female postgrad psychology student who was 'experrimenting' for her thesis by seing if she could drive her flatmate crazzeee. Unfortunately, he snapped in the end and did her in. Cant find a linkee.

Kingding, sounds to me like you need to select people you share with more carefully: Ive had numerous nutters and impossible to live withs, but nothing approaching your tale of woe: One of these would be enough for most people.

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Just curious as to know how many of us have ever found themselves unwittingly sharing accomodation with someone who is either:

A: Mental.

B: Utterly impossible to live with.

C: All of the above.

So far in my illustrious few years on this planet I have found myself sharing flats with a ball crunching feminist, a crazy animal rights activist/vegan/hippie who lectured us for eating meat and hid our bacon. A kleptomaniac yank who, on his leaving day tried to exit with a duffel bag loaded with most of my wardrobe and one guy who was quite a nice chap until he hit the drugs a bit too hard and went completely section 8, having to be escorted from the premesis after flying into a paranoid rage and destroying most of the house.

There were quite a few more but that should get us started, those above are quite tame really, some people I knew in Uni found themselves shacked up with some absolute nutters.

I have lived with over thirty people in my time.

Only one was a real nutter. Used to juggle knives in the kitchen and go out at night for fast walks round the block to "calm himself down". Worked for a debt collection agency.

IMO job is probably the most important indicator of whether someone is going to be OK or not. If someone can hold down a decent (for example not beating up people to collect money) stable job they are probably not nuts (with emphasis on the probably). Of course that doesn't mean all doleys are nuts either...

If someone talks, looks or acts "alternative" then they are probably after an "alternative" lifestyle. Someone who dyes their hair bright pink and spikes it up with superglue is unlikely to give a s**t what other people think. This often applies to their personal habits as well as their hairstyle. They'd be far better off living with some people who are like minded than me.

Yeah yeah, predujiced bigot etc. But it's worked well for me so far.

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Just curious as to know how many of us have ever found themselves unwittingly sharing accomodation with someone who is either:

A: Mental.

B: Utterly impossible to live with.

C: All of the above.

So far in my illustrious few years on this planet I have found myself sharing flats with a ball crunching feminist, a crazy animal rights activist/vegan/hippie who lectured us for eating meat and hid our bacon. A kleptomaniac yank who, on his leaving day tried to exit with a duffel bag loaded with most of my wardrobe and one guy who was quite a nice chap until he hit the drugs a bit too hard and went completely section 8, having to be escorted from the premesis after flying into a paranoid rage and destroying most of the house.

There were quite a few more but that should get us started, those above are quite tame really, some people I knew in Uni found themselves shacked up with some absolute nutters.

My niece has just taken a room in a house with a person who, when slighted by another occupant of the house, put bleach in their showergel. I pointed out that this was, er, courageous, and she said "it's a good room".

I'm hoping the learning curve isn't going to be too painful.....

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Never again do I share.....

I made this solemn vow after my third year of Uni. I would rather live in a tent on a roundabout than ever flatshare again.

One guy I know ended up sharing a flat with a brute of a Russian called Yuri, to say that this guy was terrifying is a lesson in understatement. As the semester went on my mate came home to his flat on a regular basis to find Yuri and his mates looking like leather jacketed Sopranos characters conducting their 'buziness' in the living room. He told me that each week Yuri had a new car outside Porsche one week Merc SLK the next.

Yuri wasn't constantly threatening him but he had explained once, just once in no uncertain terms that if he ever so much as breathed a word about what he saw going on in that flat to anyone, he would see to it that my mate and everyone that he knew would be eating through a straw and signing their name with a crayon for the rest of their foreseeable lives.

One day he returned home to find Yuri gone, he had left everything, car outside clothes and belongings on the inside he had taken nothing but the clothes that he wore. To this day he has no idea where he went or what happened to him but in that last month he had dozens of people coming to the door looking for Yuri some on which weren't satisfied with his explanation and only buggered off after searching the house top to bottom and a good few bricks etc. through the window.

He said the day he left was the happiest of his life and his ar*e still gives a nervous twitch when he sees someone in a black leather jacket. :ph34r:

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Minor one, by proxy.

I knew three friends sharing a house in London, all professional types one moved out to live with his girlfriend. So they got in Bob. Bob sold cutlery over the phone.

One night he came in, my friends watching telly in the lounge, he walked through the lounge to the dining room. After an hour or so they noticed he hadn't come out and it had no other door. Went in, he was passed out having emptied a bottle of sherry by himself.

They were all regular heavyish drinkers so could equally well have gone down the pub. I assume he just didn't want to share.

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Just curious as to know how many of us have ever found themselves unwittingly sharing accomodation with someone who is either:

A: Mental.

B: Utterly impossible to live with.

C: All of the above.

Every house mate I have ever lived with will apparently say yes to this. I'm trying to figure out why.

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Kingding, sounds to me like you need to select people you share with more carefully: Ive had numerous nutters and impossible to live withs, but nothing approaching your tale of woe: One of these would be enough for most people.

Fair point, a couple of them I kind of knew I'd have to take in the neck as they were chosen more out of desperation than their social qualities, some were mates of a mate for whom consultation was not a strong point. To be honest though most of them appeared quite normal when they first moved in and started to get flakey within a few months.....ever seen Shallow Grave? :blink:

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Never again do I share.....

I decided that myself. I ended up preferring a complete slum with rats running around the kitchen because at least I was able to live alone.

Now I have moved in with my partner I don't have to live like that either now. He's the only person that I don't mind living with.

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IMO job is probably the most important indicator of whether someone is going to be OK or not. If someone can hold down a decent (for example not beating up people to collect money) stable job they are probably not nuts (with emphasis on the probably). Of course that doesn't mean all doleys are nuts either...

If someone talks, looks or acts "alternative" then they are probably after an "alternative" lifestyle. Someone who dyes their hair bright pink and spikes it up with superglue is unlikely to give a s**t what other people think. This often applies to their personal habits as well as their hairstyle. They'd be far better off living with some people who are like minded than me.

Yeah yeah, predujiced bigot etc. But it's worked well for me so far.

+1 Yeah it is prejudiced but in my 10 years of housesharing the best house by far was the one where we'd rather leave a room empty than compromise on the "good job" criteria.

For this reason it is far better to rent out a whole house yourself and manage the housemates, rather than rely on a landlord who just cares about the money...

In a previous house we once had a guy who moved in with the help of his mum, clearly both clean-cut middle-class, never did any cooking, always living on takeaways. After a week or so we noticed a slight smell, after 2 weeks we tried to ask if he kept his room tidy. But he had become very evasive, coming and going at odd hours and avoiding the rest of the house. Then the landlord came round to check on things and the guy left prompto... we opened the room to find, basically, a rubbish tip, a month's worth of half-eaten takeaways littered on every surface and growing mushrooms (try to imagine a chicken balti after a month on the windowsill). I still cannot understand how he managed to sleep despite the smell :blink:

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+1 Yeah it is prejudiced but in my 10 years of housesharing the best house by far was the one where we'd rather leave a room empty than compromise on the "good job" criteria.

For this reason it is far better to rent out a whole house yourself and manage the housemates, rather than rely on a landlord who just cares about the money...

In a previous house we once had a guy who moved in with the help of his mum, clearly both clean-cut middle-class, never did any cooking, always living on takeaways. After a week or so we noticed a slight smell, after 2 weeks we tried to ask if he kept his room tidy. But he had become very evasive, coming and going at odd hours and avoiding the rest of the house. Then the landlord came round to check on things and the guy left prompto... we opened the room to find, basically, a rubbish tip, a month's worth of half-eaten takeaways littered on every surface and growing mushrooms (try to imagine a chicken balti after a month on the windowsill). I still cannot understand how he managed to sleep despite the smell :blink:

I've lived with two seperate guys who seemed quite incapable of doing any sort of housework. The first made up for it by being great company - the sort who makes fun happen. The second was just a selfish git.

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I've lived with two seperate guys who seemed quite incapable of doing any sort of housework. The first made up for it by being great company - the sort who makes fun happen. The second was just a selfish git.

I think people moaning about the cleaning is the sign of a good stable house share. It means they don't have anything more significant to complain about.

Given a choice between X who doesn't do the dishes until the morning after and Yuri in the other thread (great story by the way) I know who I'd rather have.

Trouble is you have to experience the full on nutter before you can learn to ignore the minor niggles.

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I would rather live in a van in a layby than share a flat again. It seems to only attract people who are either obsessively clean or obsessively dirty. The whole thing starts off like Friends but ends up like the Young Ones. Here's my story:

I found a 'perfect' room in a large flat in a nice part of London. Three other sharers. Met two of them and they seemed nice. The third was apparently unwell in hospital but expected to be out soon. A few days later that person turned up at the flat and seemed a pleasant and strikingly attractive woman in her thirties. I offered her a drink, which was my first mistake.

It turned out she was a mentally ill alcoholic who had been in a drying out clinic!

I had several months of 'parties' in her room until dawn most nights; drunken shouting and arguing; semi-vagrant types passed out on the stairs; bills unpaid and utilities cut off; the telephone number had to be changed because she had a psycho ex stalking her; drink and cigarettes taken from my room; urinary 'accidents' in the living room; one time she even made an aggressive attempt to seduce me (I did think about it as she was very pretty, but it would have had all the allure of putting my p*enis in a blender).

I and the other flatmates put up with this because every time we complained, we got promised that it would never happen again; and she was the original Jekyl and Hyde -genuinely a nice person when sober and seemingly unable to see what she was doing the rest of the time.

The final straw was when she tried to kill herself by slashing her wrists with my razor from the bathroom (quite how she managed to do so with a safety razor I don't know). In the end we check-mated her by saying if she didn't move out we would all move and leave her; she went to AA and seemed to sort herself out but by that time it was too late because the neighbours had got the EA to end our tenancy.

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I lived in a Student house with one guy who was in his thirties not a student but a real freak, Sadly his wife had died but he lived a solitary existance, reading tarot cards, slept all day and went out at night he cooked whole chickens and feasted on them in his room he shaved his head once a day and also was obsessed with washing his hands and never said a word to anyone. He was probably a nice guy but very sad and lonely.

I live next door to an elderly couple at the moment, the Husband has recently been sectioned for trying to kill his wife and himself! He sounded like an over-leavaged BTL landlord who was always telling me to fill my boots borrow as much as you can and buy now!

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I've lived with two seperate guys who seemed quite incapable of doing any sort of housework.

Had one like that too, used to get thoroughly put out when we pulled him up on it as well as if we had the nerve, the sheer chutzpah to be asking him to clean up after him being the unwashed peons that we were. He got his comeuppance when one day we dumped the pile of semi mouldering dishes and washing that he had'nt bothered himself with on to his bed with a bottle of JIF and some marigolds balanced on the top. He was better after that.

I remember going round to a friends for Sunday beers, chips and sport on the telly when in Uni. He had a flatmate who was a bit of a God botherer, nice enough but had definately found Jesus if you get me. As we sat there she came in with her boyfriend and they both went up to her room to commence a vigorous horizontal mamba.

As we sat downstairs watching the footy, listening to the various "oh's" and "oh yesses" and listlessly shoving chips into our gobs there was the sudden shriek of...

"Ohhhh so Dirrrrty! don't you know it's Gods day???"

Never since, have I managed to expel four chips and half a can of Carling from my nostrils with such force.

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I would rather live in a van in a layby than share a flat again. It seems to only attract people who are either obsessively clean or obsessively dirty. The whole thing starts off like Friends but ends up like the Young Ones.

'Nice' story

Of course, one persons obsessiely clean is the flipside of another persons 'So I dont clean up after me. What's the big deal? Jeez, take the stick out of your ****!'

I'd rather live in the Young Ones than Friends... I think if I had to put up with that lot I'd end up doing a lot of porridge.

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Just curious as to know how many of us have ever found themselves unwittingly sharing accomodation with someone who is either:

A: Mental.

B: Utterly impossible to live with.

C: All of the above.

So far in my illustrious few years on this planet I have found myself sharing flats with a ball crunching feminist, a crazy animal rights activist/vegan/hippie who lectured us for eating meat and hid our bacon. A kleptomaniac yank who, on his leaving day tried to exit with a duffel bag loaded with most of my wardrobe and one guy who was quite a nice chap until he hit the drugs a bit too hard and went completely section 8, having to be escorted from the premesis after flying into a paranoid rage and destroying most of the house.

There were quite a few more but that should get us started, those above are quite tame really, some people I knew in Uni found themselves shacked up with some absolute nutters.

I can understand why you want your own place.

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'Nice' story

Of course, one persons obsessiely clean is the flipside of another persons 'So I dont clean up after me. What's the big deal? Jeez, take the stick out of your ****!'

I'd rather live in the Young Ones than Friends... I think if I had to put up with that lot I'd end up doing a lot of porridge.

+1. It's all about expecting the rest of the world to conform to your standards, which of course is unrealistic.

Hopefully a happy medium can be achieved.

I lived with one person who used to get mad because they cleaned all the time but no one else did. No one else cleaned because eveything was always clean ! Why would you clean something twice ?

When I pointed out that maybe they should leave some stuff to get dirty they said "but I want it that clean". I suggested that there are lots of things I want, but I don't expect the rest of the world to get and do them for me I got a dirty look, as if cleaning resides in some sort of special catagory where you are allowed to impose your will on the rest of the world.

Fortunately people with excessive cleaning habits normally clear off pretty quickly. It's the slobs that tend to linger....

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I can understand why you want your own place.

Finally do now and the only person I have to share with is my wife which is highly agreeable.

However the years getting to this point as regards to accomodation have been a world class ball-ache, hence the thread :P

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