In anticipation of Valentine's Day, Rent.com surveyed 1,000 U.S. renters to find out how many have experienced breakups while rooming with their significant other, and how those renters handled such an undesirable situation.
According to the survey, 38% of renters claim to have been in this situation. Of them, 62% remained living with their ex for a month or longer, even as long as a year. In addition, the survey revealed that:
- Most renters (56%) said that the biggest logistical challenge was moving their stuff out after a breakup.
- The most popular reason (applying to 33% of respondents) why a significant other didn't move out sooner was due to difficulty finding another apartment they could afford.
- As for what they might do differently next time, 32% of renters said that they would try to save more money beforehand in case the living arrangement didn't work out.
For more information, see this helpful infographic.
Have you broken up with a boyfriend or girlfriend while living together in an apartment? How long did it take until one of you moved out? What advice would you offer other renters who are considering sharing an apartment with a significant other?