1. ## Equitable?

Two couples and two singles are staying in a holiday house for a week. There are 4 bedrooms in the house and a large communial area, swimming pool, TV, Video, DVD, Foosball, etc, etc.

What is the most equiable way to split the \$1000 weekly rent between the 6 people?

2. ## Re: Equitable?

The rich one should treat all the others.

StuartR

3. ## Re: Equitable?

What if they are all equally rich or poor?
Better that the women (assuming there are some) divide the rent equally amongst themselves thus allowing the menfolk to buy more beer.

4. ## Re: Equitable?

Several options:
Rent may be allocated by:
Family = \$1000/4 = \$250 each
Rooms= \$1000/4 = \$250 each
Person= \$1000/6 = \$166.67 each

In this example, the first 2 are the same, but if some of the people have kids, the difference can come into affect.

You could also combine 1 and 3 (like motels) charge a room fee but extra people in the room add something. Could be 25% more for the "2nd person". Thus the total charge is \$1000 / (2*1.25 + 2) = \$1000/4.5 = \$222.22 for each single and 222.22*1.25 = \$277.78. The "extra factor" would have to be decided up front.

It really is up to the people to decide what is "fair" (these things need to be discussed before hand and agreed upon)

When we do this, we do it "by family", even though some have older kids and don't bring them and others 1- 4 kids. We discussed dividing up by rooms (the kids rooms are "shared" so the room cost would be split among several families based on the number of occupants), but we though it ultimately was more work than it was worth. We divide up food per person and we share anything we bring that is on sale. Once in the house all food is "the groups": bring whatever you want, but anyone can have some. We even keep a "pool" of cash, so if anyone goes shopping, they can use this pool.

Also we divide up the "cooking" (if you eat in some nights) by "family". A family is responsible for preparing, cooking, cleaning up for one meal. That way there is only 1 day of the week that they are responsible and don't have to worry about "helping" every day. I don't know if this is an issue for only 4 people (we may have 4-7 families in our vacation weeks).

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Steve

5. ## Re: Equitable?

Thanks for the answers - we are planning a trip next (northern) summer and this question came up. Yes, we discussed before hand so there aren't any 'surprises' - I was just interested in people's 'take' on this.

One method that I thought (being an actuary - it has to be confusing) of was as follows:

<UL><LI>people sleep for 1/3 of a day so the 'per bedroom' rate should be weighted 1/3, the communal space should get weighted 2/3
<LI>So the rent for the bedrooms is - 4 bedrooms cost \$1000/3, each group using a bedroom pays \$1000/3/4
<LI>and the rent for the communal space is - \$1000*2/3, each person pays \$1000*2/3/6[/list]Couples end up paying \$305 while singles end up paying \$194. Naturally, we ended up with a different method (some people are paying airfares and some aren't).

I really like the idea of a cash pool - I'll mention that to the others.

6. ## Re: Equitable?

Assuming that all else is equal, and the accomodations are for 6 persons, the rent should be split 6 ways. Each person, presumably, will ocupy the same amount of space and use the facilities equally. Thus their shares of the rent should be equal.

My guess is that the "couples" think that the "singles" should pay the larger share because they will be occupying a bedroom alone. While most vacation "plans" are based on a certain room rate per night, and these rates are calculated "per person, double occupancy", I'm again assuming that these are friends that will be sharing the house. Surmising that the root cause of this "puzzle" is <img src=/S/money.gif border=0 alt=money width=17 height=15> and that one must expect the couples are comprised of people who both have incomes (how many single income couples do you know today ???) and that the bedrooms each accomodate 2 persons. The alternatives seem to be for the couples to suck it up and pay their per person share, have the singles pay the larger share for their "larger" (yet more lonely) accomodations, have the 2 single bunk together and get 2 more people to fill out the vacation party, or........... take turns sharing the single rooms. Of course, that may make for some strange bedfellows. <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15> But we are talking economics here right .........???? <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

7. ## Re: Equitable?

You've got my vote for the 'kitty' as well. My wife and I usually join four others for our annual ski holidays. Putting \$XX each into a kitty, and using that for drinks at the bar, or evening meals (if not half-board), or that special fondue evening, or for tips for the chalet persons, or for ... certainly avoids stupid arguments. I like it because Mrs. Bowlie is very very generous and if she wasn't restrained would end up paying for everything her-self. So we designate her the official kitty person, and she gets the pleasure of buying everything but we all share in the pain. Only one rule, shoe-shopping does not come from the <img src=/S/kitty.gif border=0 alt=kitty width=256 height=48> <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

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