The Essential Guide to Flatsharing, written by SpareRoom's Rupert Hunt and Matt Hutchinson, is published by How To Books of Oxford. The book is the perfect guide for anyone leaving home for the first time and contains a wealth of information on flatsharing in the UK, including chapters on:
- Types of let available
A look at the main types of flatshare and what the major differences between them are.
- How (and where) to look for a flatshare
Tips on finding the right flatshare for you, including how to work out what your perfect flatshare is.
- Finding a flatmate
Where and how to look for a new flatmate, what to ask and how to advertise your room.
Information on taking in a lodger, how to prepare and what kind of contracts you need.
- The language of flatsharing
A look at the jargon you'll find in adverts and contracts and what it all means in plain English.
- Living together
Advice on co-existing to make sure your flatshare is a happy and harmonious one. Includes tips on managing conflict.
- Finance and bills
Information and advice on where all the money goes in a flatshare and how to divide up shared bills so everything gets paid and no-one ends up out of pocket.
- Contracts, rights and agreements
A detailed look at all the bits of paper you'll be asked to sign and what they all mean. Includes advice on tenancy agreements, deposits, inventories and eviction.
- Flatshare in London
London is a huge flatshare market in its own right - around half of the total market in the UK. This chapter looks at finding a flatshare and living in London, especially useful for anyone new to the capital.
- Staying safe
Advice on staying safe online in your search for the perfect flatshare.