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THE 5 M'S OF PREVENTING CO-LIVING CONFLICTS

Money

Create a written agreement that outlines who pays for what and when, how bills will be divided, and what happens when new household services or supplies are needed.

Mess

Individuals have different tolerance for clutter and dirt. Reach an agreement that keep both sides happy.

More People or Pets

Outline a policy on guest and pets before specific situations arise. Will any pets be allowed? How often can residents entertain overnight guests, and what notification (if any) should be given to other residents?

Mitigate Scheduling Conflicts

Create entertaining guidelines to avoid situations where one resident's plans to have people over for a party, a meeting, or a game night might conflict with another resident's plans.

Manage Ownership and Privacy Issues

Some people need more privacy that others. Written agreements can help prevent fraction, as well front-end determinations of what's a personal possession versus a household item.

 

Information taken from SRES.