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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 12-21-2007, 04:27 AM Thread Starter
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Garage's affect on the longevity of the car? (and roommate issues)

i'm having issues with my roommate who thinks it's ridiculous that i should need to use the garage exclusively for my new speed3. tell me what you guys think about this situation:

he gets the master bedroom with walk in closet and full bath with whirlpool and shower
i get two rooms that combined maybe adds up to the size of his room
third roommate gets the attic which is almost the same size maybe a little larger
i share the garage and a full bath with the third roommate


how do you think the rent should be split considering we live in a townhouse community? is the garage really worth that much if there is plenty of parking in the community and the street outside, granted it is a 50 meter walk.

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Re: Garage's affect on the longevity of the car? (and roommate issues)

I say whoever gets home first get to use the garage. Or maybe switch every week and let each roommate get a chance at the garage.
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Re: Garage's affect on the longevity of the car? (and roommate issues)

Assuming you're splitting the rent evenly, Roommate 1 - with the big room and private bath - he should have no say at all with the garage. If Roommate 2 has no problems with you having the garage, you're set. But since you're both on even terms with space, it seems, if he does have a problem with you getting it for your car, perhaps work something out like he gets all storage space in the garage, or you cover $20 additional of the rent.

I had similar situations in college - the master bedroom in my place was so big and I was very good friends and got along very well with one of the 3 other guys, so we decided to share the big room. After he transferred schools a year later, I just told the others that since I shared the room for that long I thought I deserved to keep it for myself for the rest of school (just over a year left) and they really couldn't argue. Our parking, though, was separate from rent, so all of us could get covered parking if we wanted. Three of the four guys did "buy" covered parking spots from the development for another $25 / month.



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Sounds pretty fair to either give him the garage storage or offer to pay a small amount more on the rent, like $20 of the 3rd roomates share would be pretty fair.
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park the car on the street and put a pool table and a beer pong table in there. Problem solved...everyone is happy.

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I'd sleep in the closet in order to keep my car garaged!

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how many car park in the garage?
I would put a value of $100/mo. for a private bath and $50/mo. to park in the garage.

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My car sits in the driveway because my project car gets my spot in the garage.

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in my apt my roommate and I split the rent 50/50. I get the master bedroom with private bathroom and he gets the sightly smaller bedroom with the bathroom across the hall. He get 1 covered parking space that he gets and my Fusion sleeps in the snow.

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so to shine more light on the situation... and you guys have been great with the comments

i regret i cannot give a more accurate description of the situation (room sizes and such) but to paint the whole picture:

Let's call my roommates A and C. Since A got dibs on the master bed and bath C got the second largest room and garage. A believed that they were going to split the rent 3 ways with their original third roommate who ditched them. I wasn't sure what the previous third roommate got that would've offset the private bath and garage. I guess the attic was the largest room but it is not insulated and has poor ventilation so gets really hot and maybe cold.

When I came I did not want to get stuck with the attic so I said I'd like to switch with C and actually even get the third room to use as a study or whatever. He consented and to settle the rent between us we said we could share the garage and both just pay the same.

So the question is does that mean it's still fair to split 3 ways? Right now we're only making A pay $70 more. When I lived in Baltimore covered parking in an apt building was around $70-100 and whoever lived in the master bedroom always paid a lot more.


I think the master is 16x12' and my two rooms are 8x9' and 10x9' the attic is about the same as the master but no walk in closet.

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