Room To Let – Rental with Utilities or Without?

This is one of the other questions that I often ask myself when it comes to room rentals. I remember in the days when I was in the University in Coventry when we were staying in the university halls, the rental was weekly and it was all inclusive of all utilities, water, electricity & gas for the heating and the cooking. This was indeed very convenient as you did not have to worry about forgetting about paying your bills and coming back to your candle lit room knowing that your electric bill was left somewhere chucked away in your room.

I would love to get some feedback from readers out there on which would they prefer? Would you prefer that all the tenants in the house share out the utility bills, of course for those rooms to take a bigger share since the air-conditioner takes a higher portion of the electricity bill? or would you prefer to have an all-inclusive utilities included in your rent? (like the rooms offered on this website?)

All Female Housemates or Mixed Sex Housemates?

This is a question that has been on my mind when I first started out renting rooms. From the feedback that I have received so far is that females would rather stay in a house with females especially when it comes to rooms where sharing a bathroom is compulsary. Some females have mentioned that they have experienced rowdy male housemates that can become scary and sometimes making the place of residence unsafe. Please don’t get me wrong, I myself am a male who is just providing what the market is looking for. I would definetly would like to experience a all male or a mixed housing the next time around but the question is whether or not it would be a good experience, now that is something I would love to find out from a landlord or from someone else’s experience.

Is that true that females prefer to stay in an all female housing or otherwise? If you have feedback or comments on this issue, please do comment openly. Really would appreciate it.

Future Rooms Available at 35, SS 15/2B, Subang Jaya (Opposite Subang Parade, Carrefour, Near Taylor’s College; Metropolitan College & Inti College)

This is a house that is currently in the documentation stage and the full handover should be by the end November or early December 2008. This would probably mean that the rooms in this house would be available by the end of December. Could be slightly earlier or slightly later, depends on how fast the government works, I’ll be crossing my fingers to get it by the mentioned date.

If you are looking for rooms in that area, please drop me a note or get yourself into the “Free Blog Updates” database to be informed of the status of this house in the very near future. There will be 10 rooms if I remember correctly in this house. This house is extremely strategic for working people who are either working in Subang Parade, Carrefour, or working anywhere within the KTM or LRT stations as this house is very near the KTM station that connects to the other LRTs from Sentral Station KL. It will also be convenient for students from Inti College, Taylor’s College & Metropolitan College as it is all a walking distance away. Food, fresh groceries and all other amenities like bus stops, taxi stands are all a stone throw away from the house.

If you have interest in the rooms, you know what to do! 🙂

Pros and Cons of Living Alone Vs. Having a Room Mate (Money, Privacy, Rent, Space, Bills, Lease, Finances, Chores)

Mostly due to financial reasons, once you get out on your own, many people are forced to get room mates in order to cut the costs of living. Is it ultimately worth it? What are the ups and downs of living alone or with a room mate?

Obviously, you will want to find someone who you share common interests with. It makes living together a little easier because you both enjoy a lot of the same things. Try to find someone who’s reliability you have counted on before and can be trusted to pay their half of the rent when the time comes. It can work out living with someone of an opposite gender but from personal experience, more times than not, it causes problems. The one exception to the rule is of course a relationship.

The upsides of having a room mate are that costs, chores etc. are cut in half and there’s always someone around to kick it with if you just want to hang out. Down sides include, deciding on who does what as far as cleaning or upkeep goes, one party worrying if the other will meet their financial obligation and conflicting schedules

Living alone as some people prefer, can be a very enjoyable experience considering you have the money to sustain a comfortable living level. Nobody likes to be constantly worrying about how the bills are going to get paid and ultimately, doing so will provide a lot of stress. The up sides of living alone are privacy, no restraints on space, cleaning up after only yourself, and doing pretty much what you want to do when you want to do it. As noted before though, baying 100% of the bills is not as nearly as fun and, you may feel isolated or overly bored at times.

It is important to note that 9 times out of 10 either one of these scenarios will work out fine for you. In the case it does not, there’s a few things you have to keep in mind. If for example, your name is on the lease and not your room mates, any late or non made payments will ultimately be your responsibility so pick someone you know you can trust.

As lessee you need to lay out the rules and expectations up front, being firm yet fair.
If you decide to live on your own, make sure to stay within budget and not get wrapped up in material possessions and social functions if you can not afford it. Work hard and save is my advice. Obviously, some jobs pay better than others but if you are on a budget and live alone, there is no one else to turn to when the collectors come collecting.

If you decide to live on your own, make sure to stay within budget and not get wrapped up in material possessions and social functions if you can not afford it. Work hard and save is my advice. Obviously, some jobs pay better than others but if you are on a budget and live alone, there is no one else to turn to when the collectors come collecting.

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Guide to Finding Rooms to Rent Online

Whether you are a college student, or a person in need of a place to stay for a couple of days, weeks, or a month, or maybe you are a person just trying to save some money, renting a room is a viable option. Most people search for rooms to rent in their local newspaper, but another option is to search via the Internet. This article tells of four great places online to search for a room to rent.

Renting Rooms

Renting rooms easy to use website that even a novice when it comes to the Internet can use. On Renting Rooms’ website, visitors can browse for a room by city and state. For example, in the appropriate box, I enter the city and state where I live, Chicago, ILL, then I was asked is their was any particular zip codes I wanted look for a room to rent. Another feature of the website is that visitors will be able to look for a room in their selected price range, just enter the price cap in the appropriate box. Still another feature of Renting Rooms’ website are their categories which include: Find a Room, Find a Room (I have a roommate), Apartment rentals, and Fine a business space. For those wanting only to rent out a room or apartment, they will first need to create an account.

Metro Roommates

Metro Roommates is not only a website that caters to individuals seeking a room in the United States, but around the world. For example, if you are a college student who has decided to go abroad to study in Central America, Africa, Europe, Asia, Mexico or the Caribbean, then Metro Roommate is the perfect place for you. But say, you are a person who is only seeking a room in the United States, Metro Roommate offers an option on their website where individuals can search for a room by the city and state of their choice. Visitors to Metro Roommates’ website will first have to create an account. but once that is done they can browse through categories like Just a Room or Room with Roommates. Metro Roommate also has a section called Global roommate categories that includes: To Rent, Multiple Roommates, Furnished Rooms, and Temporary Rooms. And if there is any confusion for visitors to their website, Metro Roommates have a FAQ section for tenants and landlords.

Easy Roommate
Very easy to navigate is a one of the first things a person will notice when visiting Easy Roommate’s. When visitors enter Easy Roommates’ website they will see two images: one reads I Need A Room, the other one I Have a Room. For those looking to rent a room they need to create an account. Visitors can search for a room by city and state, the price they are willing to pay monthly, weekly and daily for a room, by furnished or unfurnished room, and their desired location.


Another way to search for a room via the Internet is to look for up the Craigslist in your area, go to the real estate section, then rooms. Usually over a dozen inquires from varies people looking to rent a room, lease a room, or in need of a roommate are advertised on Craigslist on a daily basis, some even included pictures of the room or place they are renting so viewers can get see where they will be living. Also, those who are renting the room will provide a phone number and/or e-mail address, plus the price of renting the room, and their personal preferences, if any. As with anything, it is best to be cautious and trust one’s instinct when renting a room.

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