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Please excuse me for writing about an unsavoury topic such as this. You don't need read any further, if you don't want your sensibilities offended.

I am what is in modern parlance grandly called a landlord. To my mind, I am more like a cross between the old fashioned landlady and a concierge. I clean and wash and fix things and I collect rents. Another day, another dollar. It's not glamorous, but it's a job.

The lodgers live with me in my home, and I do my best to make them feel at home. We don't have a cleaning rota. I leave it up to the lodgers, if or how much they want to clean. Mostly they don't do any cleaning at all, but it's not worth my arguing about it. They probably would not do it very well anyway.

Then there are the little things I provide for free - washing up liquid, hand washing soap, hand towel, tea towels, paper towels, laundry detergent - all kinds of little things. I don't begrudge these, the cost is not that great, and it makes the house more like a home.

Some lodgers take advantage and make use of anything and everything provided. They use things for every possible purpose, just because they can. It's pilfering really, but I am not too bothered. Well, except for toilet roll.

I don't know why, but it really irks me, when the lodgers use up the toilet roll too quickly. I know some people blow their noses on it or remove make up with it instead of buying themselves proper tissues. Sometimes people use the toilet roll for cleaning. I shouldn't get wound up about it, but if I put out a new toilet roll and the next day it's empty already, it does annoy me.

I am thinking, have we been hit by dysentery? What is the matter with these people! Why don't they buy their own toilet roll, if they need so much of it? I think I will start buying some cheap and nasty, really rough stuff from now on! Grrr!!!

#2215 53 days ago
Ouchy sandpaper iโ€™m glad iโ€™m not Living in your lodgings ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚, it would make sense to buy some toilet paper every now and then because itโ€™s something we all use. I am sure your lodgers can afford it. It is not an unreasonable request Marta ๐Ÿ˜€
  53 days ago 
I think what's happened today, Wayne, one of the loggers has gone on a vacation and taken the toilet roll with her. That seems a bit naughty to me.
  53 days ago 
Yes Naughty ,lodgers sharing toilet with you,or they have separate toilet buy cheap one ,sand paper more expensive
  52 days ago 
The lodgers have a separate toilet. They should buy their own toilet roll, really. I just put the toilet roll there as a courtesy.
  52 days ago 
Let them buy their own
  52 days ago 
Don`t put the toilet roll in their toilet. Actually they can buy their own roll and carry it with them when they go to the toilet. This will not be a problem for them.
  52 days ago 
Don`t put the toilet roll in their toilet , let them buy yourself if you need them.
  52 days ago 
If itโ€™s their own toilet, they need to buy their own. You do enough with washing up liquid etc.
  52 days ago 
Going on a vacation and taking the toilet roll??? I cannot believe this! But i know that people can be very different. You should talk to the lodgers and explain the rules. Yes, you have to cross a psychological barrier for this. But you cannot expect them to start behaving normally just from tomorrow.
  52 days ago 
You are a very broad owner. You provide a lot of things to your tenants. Everyone cleans if he feels like it or not. A lot of profit seems to me you . He pays you a rent OK but the rest it's up to them. For toilet paper for you the best ... and finally dare to impose a small law in your own home, everyone must buy his toilet paper and take it by going there. That seems to me a normal minimum .
  52 days ago 
I would supply the roll until all lodgers are informed to get their own in the future.....I use to rent a room when I worked at the red cross as I worked shifts so it was easier to stay in town on those late nights...The house did not supply anything.It was up to the boarders to get everything they needed, so a trip to the bathroom or shower, meant to bring soap, shampoo, towels, toilet paper, toothpaste etc.....you are generous to supply these
  52 days ago 
I don't supply personal items such as towels, toothpaste, soap and shampoo. I only provide liquid soap and a towel for washing hands. However, I have discovered that one of the lodgers uses the liquid soap in place of shower gel. How stingy is that!
  52 days ago 
that is very stingy indeed....different people, different values....
  52 days ago 
Hmm, this is a subject very dear to me, Marta.In fact - I have the same problem with my husband. He uses the toilet paper (and we buy it in Switzerland for the French one is worth nothing, you might use your own hand instead) for everything: his..., his nose, cleaning shoes etc. We have 3 bathrooms - a roll in each of them and they disappear almost daily. But my husband comes from a wealthy country that never had any troubles in that way. He cannot even imagine it possible NOT to have it. Me, I am very economical with toilet paper, for for many, many years there was none to be had. We were forced to use newspaper or soft machine paper for our butts. Of course, everybody tried to "organise" a real toilet paper in some ways, mostly stealing it from public toilets. So public toilets usually didn't have any at all. In the work, since every roll was stolen the first day, the mamagment decided to give to every working person a roll a month. We kept it in our desks and watched it like gold. Everybody had to go to the toilet with his own paper. It left me with a toilet paper complex. Well, I could write a tretease about toilet paper problems across the world... Some countries have this problem still. Your tenants come from different countries as you told us, maybe some of them ent through similar experiences as I did, others might even don't know where to buy it...
  52 days ago 
We used to use crumpled newspaper too, Barbara. It's not so bad.
  52 days ago 
It depends on the newspaper, Marta. Some of the old we had would leave paint on your behind. But the quality of the paper itself was not bad, quite soft - today's papers are impossible. Besides, some dailies have grown rather expensive lately and I know many people there, who don't buy any newspaper and certainly not magazines anymore. Too expensive
  50 days ago 
Umhhh!here in phil we dont use tisue if poo we use water and soap if pee yes tissue
  50 days ago 
arlene, hehehe
  50 days ago 
I feel sure my lodgers would help themselves to your soap too, Arline.
  50 days ago 
I can remember the days when Newspaper was used for Toilet paper. We had an old Toilet with a chain on the cistern when I was very young & I'm sure I can remember newspaper hanging up to use. We eventually changed the Toilet to a "push button" type. I think you need to have a chat with the Lodgers & explain that they should contribute & buy some rolls to use. They will easily find it in a supermarket - only have to ask if they can't. They are fortunate to have such a "generous" Landlady. Not sure what happens over here as I've never had to rent. Buying a roll of Sandpaper could be a "last resort." xx
  50 days ago 
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