June 09, 2013
Too many times, renters rent rooms not knowing what they can and cannot do in the vicinities of the house. Yes, you rented a room, but not the house. So unless explicitly stated, the house is not your right to use. So below are some general guidelines to help you understand appropriate etiquette and rights are.
1. The share area is shared and cannot be hogged by any one tenant. Do not use it as storage space.
2. Shared washroom should be use for at a standard of 15 minutes. Anymore could prevent other room mates from using it.
3. Shared Laundry should only be done once a week. Anymore is considered overuse, especially when someone else is paying for the hydro and utility bills.
4. Keep quiet especially at night. No one wants to hear your music.
5. Do not use other people's stuff even if it is your landlord. Just because it is there doesn't make it yours.
6. Don't use the common area like you own it. It is simply there to cook your meal and eat your dinner/lunch/breakfast. Any more use is not part of the standard rental norm.
7. Do not move stuff around the common area. Although you can make suggestion, it is not your final decision to make.
8. Bring friends over is kept at a minimum. Since the hydro and utility bills are shared, it is not fair to have to pay for your friends as well.
9. Do not smoke. Do not even ask. Asking makes it difficult for your fellow room mates to say no.
10. Keep the common area clean. More often than not, renters make a mess of things they are not even aware of. So it better to make an effort to keep it clean because everyone is using it.