I share a 5 bedroom house with 4 others. We all get on and they are nice people.
As the Coronavirus spread in the UK I was put on furlough (temporary leave paid for by the government, as long as I don’t do any work for my company) by my company and decided to go live at my parents (I moved just before lockdown was announced in March). There is more space down here in contrast to my often crowded house share, especially with most of my flat mates now working from home for their respective companies.
I pay full rent on my now unoccupied room (fine by me, this is my choice, and rent needs to be paid!).
I also pay 1/5th of all bills. Now here’s the issue: I believe 3 of my 4 housemates have their partners living 7 days a week in the house as a temporary but indefinite plan for lockdown. 2 months later, none have offered to contribute towards bills (gas/electricity/water/internet/tax). I’ve been ok with this for the last 2 months, but as I might be out of work until October, I see no reason why this setup with the house share won’t continue until lockdown/isolation measures are gone. So I could be potentially paying utility bills on behalf of 3 unofficial housemates for months to come.
I'd like to ask my housemates to ask their partners to either:
A) contribute a small amount towards bill payments, which would lower mine. I’m not asking for all my £100 per month bills to be covered, just £10 a head maybe? So £30 in total directly to me. A nice, polite gesture I think!
B) split the entire monthly bill payments by 8 people (5 official tenants including me + 3 partners).
I’m thinking logically here but I know this can be an awkward topic among housemates especially when it involves girlfriends/boyfriends!
I did privately ask the only housemate who doesn’t have a partner what he thinks and he disagreed with my proposals... No explanation given I should add.
I am financially stable I should add, even with the recent 20% pay cut. However I think this situation is separate to my financial situation.
Also each of the unofficial housemates have their own house shares elsewhere, and pay rent and bills there. But this is not my problem. In pre-Coronavirus times they did stay over a few days a week each (as does my own partner) and there are no issues. This is a lot different in my opinion to staying over every night of every week.
How should I go about asking them to contribute towards bills?
Edit: all bills are fixed rate I believe, apart from electricity which is on a meter. I don’t believe they have gone up significantly since the extra people moved in. But my £100 is still enough on top of my £500 rent to make me seek help. Some bills come out every 3 months so I can’t really quantify it all.
Edit 2: I’m not prepared to go into arguments with housemates over this, I’m a very calm and peaceful. I prefer to avoid tension in the house but I also don’t like being walked over or people taking the p*ss when it comes to living for free at others expense. It’s a matter of principle.