• Pay your share of agreed bills on time, including food and household items.
• Don’t space-invade: keep common areas tidy, know when to retreat to your room and don’t borrow personal items without asking.
• Keep sinks, basins, loos and baths clean for the next person.
• Don’t use the last of something without replacing it: milk, loo roll and so forth.
• Got some of next door’s post? Make sure you give it to them; missed post could have serious consequences for the recipients.
• Give any neighbours a few days’ notice if you are planning a loud or large party.
• In the summer months, keep music, radio and TV noise down if you have windows open.
• Keep party noise to weekends and not beyond midnight. If you want to carry on, turn any music down, keep windows and doors shut or go clubbing instead. Loud mobile phone calls in the garden are a no-no, too.
• Keep your household waste in dustbins with the lids firmly on. No one wants to see or smell your rubbish and loose bin bags will be ripped open by local wildlife and pets.
• Keep gardens tidy and weed-free – a landlord’s requirement if you are renting.
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