Loud sex the biggest deal-breaker in share houses
Sharing might be caring, but it can also be a challenge when it comes to housemates.
A recent survey by realestate.com.au and Pedestrian.TV found the biggest deal-breaker for Australian share houses is loud sex.
That’s right: respondents said rowdy bedroom antics are more annoying for roomies than unpaid rent. Awkward.
Of the 18 to 35-year-old Aussie renters surveyed, 30.9% live with three or four housemates. That’s a lot of room for personality clashes.
The most expensive rental markets naturally attract more share house living situations, particularly in the ACT, NSW and Tasmania. Here’s the state-by-state breakdown of renters who live with three or more other people:
- ACT: 43.3%
- NSW: 40.8%
- NT: 23.8%
- QLD: 34.8%
- SA: 26.4%
- TAS: 44.7%
- VIC: 35.4%
- WA: 28.7%
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Untidiness was the number one cause of stress levels for housemates, with 33.2% of respondents calling it their top pet peeve – along with a lack of stacking of the dishwasher.
Unsurprisingly, with such potential for tension, 39.7% of renters have lost a friendship from living together. But it’s not all doom and gloom – 14% of respondents said they had started a relationship with a roommate.
So, if you want a harmonious household, you better keep it down – and clean up.
The average Aussie renter is predominately female, aged 25-29, with an annual income of $50,000. They mainly live in Sydney (32.8%) and Melbourne (31.1%).
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Realestate.com.au partnered with Pedestrian.TV for the 2018 Rent Survey, to gain insights from 18 to 39-year-old renters across the country.