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Cleaning issues creating conflict in student accommodation

Posted on: Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Many look back on their university days with a touch of nostalgia, with memories of former friends, housemates and colleagues.

But those memories aren't always happy ones, particularly with a new study showing that cleaning is one of the most contentious issues among many housemates, often resulting in a breakdown of relationships as well as property damage.

Research by Confused.com showed that 41 per cent of Brits admitted to bickering over tidying or cleaning up, while more than one in seven (17 per cent) fought over the washing up.

These disagreements have often resulted in bad blood in many houses, with some people inflicting damage on something belonging to their housemate out of frustration.housemate out of frustration.

In fact, the findings showed that one in 20 (five per cent) admit to purposely damaging something that belonged to someone they lived with.

A further four per cent claimed that someone they lived with has purposely damaged something that belonged to them.

The arguments over cleaning issues also led to important problems going undiscussed – such as damage to their property, possessions or missing items.

As a result, one in ten (ten per cent) believe their home environment is ‘stressful, while more than one in 20 Brits said they don’t particularly like the person or people they live with, leading to a potentially uncomfortable living situation for many.

This, according to Cofused.com has led to a rise in "silent homes" where housemates refuse to communicate face-to-face, but instead opt to text each other instead.

Speaking about the findings, Gareth Lane, head of home insurance for Confused.com, said: “Moving in with someone, whether they are friends or your partner, can throw up a whole array of unforeseen complications. You might think you know everything there is to about that person but they might be a completely different person behind closed doors.Gareth Lane, head of home insurance for Confused.com, said: “Moving in with someone, whether they are friends or your partner, can throw up a whole array of unforeseen complications. You might think you know everything there is to about that person but they might be a completely different person behind closed doors.

“It’s worrying to note that seven per cent of people have gone a week or longer without speaking to the person they live with. Arguments often stem from a lack of communication and if there are problems with the house, whether it’s damage or items that have gone missing, then it is vital these are discussed face to face.”

The findings are unfortunately hardly a surprise. In fact, this is very common in many student households, with rotas, uncooperative housemates and wild parties all being a bone of contention in halls of residence.

However, one way to prevent these difficulties from occurring in the first place is to arrange for professional cleaners to come in regularly.

This is especially important when it comes to student accommodation, which can get very messy at the best of times!

Not only does it help to prevent arguments, and disputes breaking out between housemates who would otherwise get along, it also ensures the cleanliness and hygiene of the property.

For landlords, they get the security of knowing that their property is being cleaned on a regular basis and is therefore more likely to be attractive to prospective tenants.