Flatting


OUSA Student Support Flatting Agreement

This agreement is a guide for you and your flatmates as you plan how your flat will run. Go through it at your first flat meeting – this should be well before you move in or even sign a lease. Communication – before you move in and while you’re flatting – is the key to success.

Meals

Are you going to cook together? Every night or just on weekdays? What are your food and cooking preferences? Does anyone have any special dietary needs or religious requirements guiding what they can or can;t eat? Does anyone need cooking lessons, or help with cooking?

We agree to eat together on the following days:

Mon Tues Wed Thur
Fri Sat Sun  

We'll make our own arrangements on:
Mon Tues Wed Thur
Fri Sat Sun  

Shopping

Flat shopping will cover:
Dinner supplies
Lunch supplies
Breakfast supplies
Snack foods
Flat needs (e.g. toilet paper, oven cleaner)
Other?

How will we pay for the shopping?

We'll put $____ into the flat account each week
_____will pay for the shopping, then split the bill.

Who will do the shopping?

We'll take turns
______________will do the shopping every week
We'll do it together

How will we get the shopping home?

We'll split the cost of the taxi money
We'll give some petrol money to use his/her car
We'll walk or find a free way to get the shopping home
Big eaters will pay $_____ more per week than others.
Vegetarians and vegans will_______________________

Cleaning

Often flatmates rotate the chores each week, but sometimes each flatmate decides to take on one job for the whole year. One way to keep things fair is to make a chores wheel.
Generally, the main chores are:
- Kitchen: bench top, oven and stovetop, microwave, fridge and floor.
- Bathroom: surfaces, basin, toilet, bath, shower, floor.
- Common areas: tidy and vacuum lounge, dining area, stairs and hall.
- Dishes: will the cook do their own dishes or do you need a separate roster?
- Odd jobs: putting out the rubbish and recycling, emptying scraps bucket, washing hand towels and bath mats.
- Shopping: writing the list, doing the shopping, getting it home and putting it away.
- Any other jobs: at your flat, it might be the tenants' responsibility to take care of the lawn and garden or you might have firewood to bring in.

Tidiness

How tidy do you agree to keep the common areas of the house? (If you have any pet hates, now is a good time to talk about them.)

Visitors

We agree on the following about visitors / girlfriends / boyfriends / randoms:
Visitors can/can't stay for meals.
If they can stay, they do/don't have to pay a share of the meal costs.
Visitors can/can't stay overnight.
If they can stay, are there any conditions? Is there a maximum number of nights they can stay, or any nights of the week that don't suit? Are they allowed to use the shower and heaters, or help themselves to the fridge?
How will you deal with noise/mess/problems created by visitors?

Phone, Sky and internet

Do you want:
  • Call waiting or call minder?
  • Individual PINS so you can tell who's made toll calls?

    Will you get Sky? Who will pay? Will flatmates who don't pay be allowed to watch?
    Will you get internet access?
    Who will pay, and what kind of plan will you get?

    Noise

    Do you want to make rules around: Visitors?
    Parties?
    Playing music or having the TV on?
    Incoming phone calls at night?
    Having quiet at certain times of the day/week?

    Electricity

    Do you want to put any limits on:
    How much each flatmate can use heaters?
    How much each flatmate can use the clothes dryer?
    Shower lengths?

    Bills

    Our flat agrees that:
    Every bill has a different person responsible for organising payment.
    The person responsible for a bill divides the total amongst the flatmates, collects the money then pays the bill (making arrangements for times like semester breaks when people are away).
    Each flatmate pays their share as soon as they can.
    or
    We will pay $____ into the flat account each week to cover bills.
    Who will set up the flat account, who will have access to it, who will set up and stop automatic payments, and who will close the account at the end of the year?

    Disputes

    As you'll know from reading this Flatting section, communication is the best approach to any problem. If you can't sort it out, try the OUSA Student Support Centre for information, mediation, advice and support. Contact us on 479 5448 or help@ousa.org.nz.

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