Tenants would pay an extra £200 a month on rent for perfect flatmate

What is the price of the perfect tenant? According to other renters it can be up to an extra £200 on top of the current rent.

Research by utilities supplier Spark Energy found the majority of tenants would actually pay more per month to live with the perfect flatmate.

The survey found almost 70% of people who share a flat would pay extra to find the ideal person to share with.

Almost a quarter (23.6%) would spend more than £201 per month on top of their rent for the ideal roommate, while 22% would pay between £1 and £99, with the average flat-sharer stating that £112.40 would be their limit.

Renters living in Wales topped the table for spending the most to find the ideal flatmates, committing to an extra £138.30 per month, closely followed by Londoners who would consider £129.30 a week on top of their rent, or £1,551.60 over a year.

The research was commissioned by Spark Energy to coincide with National Flatmates Day today.

Shaun Burnett, Spark Energy’s director of customer experience, said: “The revelation that so many people would spend money to live with the perfect flatmate was quite a surprise and could potentially lead to an industry trend.

“This information is really useful to our business through our focus on the rental sector, helping us to know customers, which can only be beneficial to the service we can offer.”

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