Your house-mate can become almost family as you share life's adventures; its ups and then its downs. One moment you love them and want to go out for lots of...

Your house-mate can become almost family as you share life's adventures; its ups and then its downs. One moment you love them and want to go out for lots of beer and wine with them, the next you can't speak, look nor sneer in their direction because they left the toilet seat up – again! (You do find the ability to slam your bedroom door though).

In London – land of the ‘flats' – everyone lives together (well, everyone under 35 we reckon) and everyone has the hassle of finding someone to live with who's not a psycho. Maybe that's the reason why the guys at SpareRoom.co.uk have created speed flat-mating. Not to be confused with speed-mating, but we're sure you get the idea already don't you: Seekers and seekees spend four minutes with potential house partners in their area; you like them, you put a tick next to their name; they like you, they do the same. The next day, contact details are exchanged and then those looking can start taking a look at rooms with the knowledge that the person at the other side of the door is possibly not an axe-murderer. He may even have a nice younger sister.

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