Dear Fabio and Annalina, Firstly Barbara and Myself would like to humbly apologise for leaving the oven on it was my fault entirely and I am deeply sorry that I am not as perfect as the two of you and unlike yourselves I do sometimes make mistakes. It must be so difficult for two people who are totally perfect in every facet of their being to have to live with mere mortal types like ourselves. As people we have defects and these can often manifest themselves as careless mistakes. I am grateful to you for pointing this mistake out, as it is obviously a safety issue. We are saddened however that you feel you must insist on writing condescending, arrogant and pretentious notes and then placing them on the fridge and thereby putting them into the public domain. So let us just point out a few things to you, which are sure you will in due course ignore, make excuses for or just scapegoat someone so you don’t have to face your own shortcomings. So what is the point in highlighting these things? I hear you ask. Well, since a president has been set for pointing out other people’s failings and then placing them on the fridge like some sort of self appointed town clerk, I feel it is my constitutional duty. • On many occasions we have found the front door open with the catch down and the middle door open. This can be very dangerous as people can get into the house and steel all our possessions. • The light downstairs is frequently left on despite the fact we have no switch for it upstairs. • Almost ever day when we come home from work the kitchen surfaces are filthy and covered in breadcrumbs or chocolate sprinkles which we never use. This is only if the surfaces are not being used like a garage or a workshop presumably because the basement, the shed and the lounge aren’t enough room for you to work. Crumbs in the kitchen leads to mice getting in and we all know how severe an issue this is in the house (see photos)
• The gangway to the front door is constantly blocked by your stuff and there is very little room for access, which can be difficult if someone has a big bag or something to get out or in the front door and if they come in late this can be very disturbing for those trying to sleep. This is also a major safety issue as if there was a fire in the house then we all be tripping over your things to escape. • Your possessions occupy the majority of the communal space yet you pay the minority of the rent in the house. (See diagram) Usage of Comunal Space Fabio and Annalina Andy Barbara Claudio Rent Fabio Annalina Barbara Andy Claudio
• You make conscious decisions on issues that involve the whole house without letting us know anything about it. • You make our guests feel un-‐welcome and they are seldom allowed any space to eat or commune pleasantly. • On several occasions guests have pointed out that there is hair on the table in the lounge, this is neither Barbara’s hair nor mine. This is particularly embarrassing when we are forced to feed our guest in the lounge due to fact that you insist on setting a table to eat a substantial time before you actually do eat. • You decided to stop paying towards the communal money (without telling us). This lead to me using change from the rent to buy toilet paper and kitchen role, I have one receipt that accounts for £6.71(see enclosed) of the money but I am afraid to say that I do not have the other. I do not feel this should lead to accusations of theft and it saddens me to think that you could believe that someone you live with could be trying to short change you. On a personal level I do feel deeply insulted by this action. This is especially as that month I paid the rent; I paid the Council Tax and I Paid the electricity all of which befitted you in some way. Then I come home find you are accusing me of theft and telling me they don’t feel appreciated and don’t want to contribute on a communal fund which we all agreed on, well thanks a lot! • When we did communally buy toilet paper the toilet role was never changed and for a long time I believed no one else knew how to change a toilet roll. • I arranged a meeting to discuss the renewing of the contract and other communal house matters that we all agreed should take place on Sunday early evening as we agreed it was the best time for everyone. We were at home at 1630 and were available, as were you as we were all in the kitchen so you had ample opportunity to discuss any issues the two of you had between the two of us without having to involve other people in matters relating to the four of us. It is with deep regret that you have forced us into having to write this letter as it is not usually the level of communication we would lower ourselves to. When you share a house with other people it is important that people can compromise. I do not feel that you understand the concept of this. In the past your notion of coming to a compromise has consisted of repeating something over and over again until everybody agrees with it. This is not how compromise works. Most grievances and minor quibbles which inevitably exist when more than one body occupy a space are left unsaid in order to benefit the many rather than the few. If this equilibrium is not sustained then it leads to anonymity and a lack of understanding.
In order to highlight some of the contemptible behaviour displayed by the two of you unfortunately we also seem to have been forced into having to behave in the same way so you appreciate how utterly deplorable these things can get. Judging by you sarcastic, patronising, miss-‐spelled, badly punctuated and downright rude messages I guess you might see the point. If you don’t then we will be happy for you to delude yourselves into believing this is all our fault after all, this seems to be what is most likely to happen. I just hope that if you live together on your own you may learn that sometimes you have to be responsible for your own actions and admit that you are wrong.