Since it's been 20 years since my husband and I were in college so we're not sure if things have changed.
Okay, in our college days, if we were renting a house or apartment with three or more people , we divided up the rent according to the size of the rooms since often some rooms were very large, some were medium and some were very small. Also , some had bigger walk in closets and others had normal or tiny closets. And some had adjoining bathrooms. So whoever got the significantly bigger and better rooms paid more and whoever got the smallest and not as nice rooms paid less.
Or if two people really wanted the same room, one person would take it for half the year and then they'd trade and the other person would take it for the other half of the year.
Is this still how things are done?
I'm asking because my twin daughters are planning to share a three bedroom , three bathroom apartment with 4 other girls next year. One of the girls named Nancy paid the deposit and then everyone paid her back their share of it a couple days later. Then Nancy told the girls that her dad's a realtor and he said that since she took the risk of paying the deposit for everyone at first , she and the other girl who's sharing a room with her get to have the master bedroom which is a LOT bigger than the other two bedrooms and has a walk in closet. She also told my girls that since they paid their share of the deposit after the other two girls who are sharing a bedroom , that those two girls get the medium size bedroom and they have to take the smallest one. I say this is baloney.
I told my girls to tell the girl that they are taking just as much of a risk with their deposit money as she did since when that deposit is returned at the end of the lease period , they will have to trust that she will give each of them back their share of it. I also told them to tell the girl that either she and her roommate need to pay $25 each more per month and let them pay $25 each less per month or they need to trade bedrooms halfway through the year.
I would think that if this girl's dad is a realtor then surely he must know that the better a room is , the more a person has to pay for it. The security deposit shouldn't have anything to do with it since they all paid an equal portion of it.
What do you guys/gals think?