The housemate is definitely leaving and you are going to have an emptyÂ room in your house.Â You had a sense that this was going to happen. YourÂ housemate is moving on to a new part of life. She/he is moving in with his boyfriend or girlfriend, has taken a job in a different city, has decided to go back to school, or simply wants a different living situation. Great for him/her! It’s a big step to make a change. All this is understandable. But now you have an empty room. And you need the money.
So who has to fill the room?
It’s possible that you have an agreement that says that person has to find you a housemate. This makes them responsible for doing the work: writing and posting an ad, fielding inquiries, making arrangements for interviews. Sounds nice? All taken care of?
Guess what? You – not them – have to live with the person they find. Unless you are incredibly easy going and never spend time at home, I respectfully suggest that you should take an active role in finding your next housemate. You might share the work but ultimately it should be the person/people staying that have the deciding voice about who moves in.
Start at the beginning. Don’t take shortcuts.