A Sheffield property entrepreneur is behind a service that avoids the most common source of arguments in a shared house - how to split the bills.
Ashley Tate, aged 25, is seeing subscriptions to ‘Split the Bills’ soar as students sign up for an easier life.
The scheme covers essential utility bills, plus broadband, television licence and satellite service.
And, as part of the fee, the service chases late payers so that domestic harmony is maintained.
Ashley said he was expecting subscriptions to double again in 2014 after they hit 3,000 last year.
“It’s not that I have a talent for organising payments it’s just I found it a hassle when I was sharing a house and I looked for a way to fix it.”
Ashley says he tries to avoid taking people to court by arranging fixed monthly payments so people build some credit on their account.
The company, on Arundel Street, Sheffield, takes a flexible approach to payments if people are waiting for a student loan, he added.
“Most clients are in their second year or higher and they have experience of trying to share bills in a shared house. First years don’t .”
It is his second company. He set up letting and management company Fit Property in 2007, and it now looks after 270 homes.
Born in Dronfield, his success comes after he left school at 16.