Hunting for somewhere to live is a thankless task that involves pretending to be more friendly, clean and sociable than you truly are in order to be accepted.
But you might be scuppering your chances before you even meet potential roomies just on the application alone.
A new survey conducted by SpareRoom has found our biggest bugbear is in fact people bastardising the English language. Forty-three per cent of renters were put off by grammatical errors in applications for an empty room, while startlingly, 53% of people wouldn't even consider an ad that contains spelling mistakes as they feel it shows lack of care and attention. And don't they sound like the fun sort of folk you'd want to live with?
Here's the full list of ten biggest turn offs:
- Bad language/swearing
- Terms of endearment e.g. babes, darling, honey
- Text Speak no Œm8s¹ or Œc u l8r¹ allowed
- Lad Chat
- CAPITAL LETTERS
- Bad grammar
- Over-using exclamation marks!!!!!!
- Slang or colloquialisms e.g. chilled, vibes, lols, etc.
- Misspelled words/typos
- Bad punctuation
Over half of people thought that untidy spelling = untidy life and over 90% of people wouldn¹t say no to an emoticon in an ad. Best keep that aubergine to yourself then.
Lad speak was another big tun off with 46% of women and 37% of men being turned off by words like "banter" and "antics", meaning Danny Dyer is probably going to have a hard time finding someone to bunk up with if his marriage ever hits the skids.
Matt Hutchinson, director of SpareRoom said: "We're starting to see more people upload a video to their profile to make up for that. Even just a few seconds of seeing someone speak can make a huge difference in terms of getting a sense of how you might get on."
Just remember, it isn't a stand up comedy slot.