Second-rate rentals ruin Canadian romances

Second-rate rental apartments are ruining Canadian romances according to a recent nationwide survey conducted for Shiplake Properties. The survey’s findings reveal just how seriously Canadians take their home comforts; with a startling number of respondents claiming their partner’s substandard rental apartment affects their shut-eye, laundry habits, and even libido.

Key findings of the survey, which polled more than 1000 respondents across Canada, revealed that Canadians are full of distaste for their partner’s pads, with 25.6% of respondents taking particular issue with the outdated amenities. More than half of these complaints were specifically directed at their partner’s bathroom. Other results showed that 38.9% of respondents in the high-income bracket (earning an annual salary of more than $150,000) claim to be “creeped out” by their partner’s rental building neighbours. Laundry facilities also repeatedly surfaced as a key factor of discomfort, with 11.1% of high-income earners claiming that their clothing is frequently stolen. More generally, 18.1% of all Canadians polled took issue with the “murky, dark basement” and “never-ending stairs” to access their partner’s laundry facilities.

Other survey results indicated a strong connection between respondents’ sexual attraction to their partner and the condition of their rental apartment. Over half (51.5%) of mature respondents aged 45 to 64 said that they would definitely feel more attracted to their partner if they upgraded their pad. Results also showed that Canadian men were more likely to be wooed by a new apartment than women, with 37.4% of men claiming a rundown apartment is a surefire turn-off compared to just 31.5% of women.

Differences in attitudes also became apparent between provinces, with a stark contrast consistently appearing between British Columbia and Ontario. BC respondents were shown to be more accepting of their partner’s rental conditions, with 43.2% claiming they just want their partner to be happy, compared with just 29.5% of Ontario respondents. Correspondingly, 38.1% of those in Ontario said that their relationship is seriously affected by the state of their partner’s rental compared with 26.1% of BC respondents.

“People underestimate the importance of personal living spaces, when in reality they have a huge impact on our day-to-day lives,” said Shiplake resident Hank Latner. “If Canadians are unhappy with their partner’s living situation and it’s negatively affecting their relationship, it’s probably time to have a serious conversation together and start looking at potential solutions.”