These housemate horror stories are so disgusting they’ll make you want to live alone forever

'Didn't clean his teeth for first 6 weeks of house share.'


'Didn't clean his teeth for first 6 weeks of house share.'

Renting a house sucks for various reasons: extortionate rent, cramped spaces, megalomaniac landlords and rogue housemates.

But mostly housemates. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THEM?

We’ve all had our fair share of housemate horror stories, especially if you’ve lived in London. The bustling metropolis, a city where dreams are made a reality and avocado on toast is considered a staple, not a delicacy. It is also home to arguably the worst breed of housemates that have existed, in the history of housemates.

If the below doesn't put you off though, here's how to date your housemate (and make it work).

I know this for fact, for I have lived with most of them. From the girl who used to floss her teeth and then stick the used floss on the wall of the bathroom in a kind of contemporary art installation (10 out of 10 for dental hygiene though), to the guy who liked to have sex on Sunday afternoons with the bedroom door wide open…

Turns out, I’m not alone. Writer Dawn Foster asked the vocal people of Twitter to share their housemate horror stories, and, as expected, she discovered the truth. Housemates are just the worst (especially the housemates that also happen to be your best friends. Awful.).

Holly Rains

Holly Rains is the digital editor of Marie Claire UK. She has over 10 years journalism experience, working as an editor and writer, specialising in digital media, content strategy and dog breeds. Prior to Marie Claire, she has held senior staff positions at ELLE UK, Grazia and Company magazine.

Holly is a frequent speaker, panelist and interviewer on a range of subjects including media trends, careers and entertainment. From working with Reuters to provide global red carpet coverage for events like the BAFTAs, to discussing fashion and beauty trends on network TV, she was also the host of the Marie Claire series ‘Holly’s First Dates’, where she regularly interviewed a mix of inspiring woman and A-list celebrities (including Jack Black, Dakota Fanning and Renée Zellweger)  - a series which garnered half a million views in its first two months. And was approved by The Rock.

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