add a 'by calendar' split method
Our household recently had some of its occupants change, and so the payment of things like rent and bills has been complicated. We needed to figureout who was present for each bill, and for how much, and therefore how much they should pay as a result.
Splitting 'by shares' and entering the number of days that people were around was a good solution here, but it's a pain to keep track of that manually.
What I'd love is a calendar where people can be added or removed. Then when an electricity bill comes in (covering 90 days), the date-range for the bill can be entered, and we can split 'by calendar'. The bill is then split according to who was living in the household over that time, and by the proportion of time they were living there.
I know this is an advanced feature, but it's also a super-amazing headache saver for anyone who has a household that uses splitwise and changes occupants.
Thanks for the suggestion – I can see how that would be useful! Our travel calculator (http://splitwise.com/calculators/travel) does something like this, so it is a problem we’ve thought about before, though not exactly in this way. I’ll pass on your idea and add it to our list of possible future updates.
So how do I access the travel calculator on the iPhone app? I only see that online.
Sonu Anamika, Y12, IITK commented
Not neseserry to be linked with google calender. I just want my flatmates to get acess of tick marked dates in splitwise. It could be a common reminder for paying electricity bills for all flatmates as well.
I also want something like this!
Hey there, first off, I love splitwise and the research you put into it. I use it all the time and it's helped roommates and I stay friends after dealing with money!
I would love to suggest and see a function for splitting utilities and/or rent based on actual days occupying a property.
For instance, I work for the airlines and I'm usually gone 14-18 days out of the month. In a scenario where a roommate is constantly gone like that, what's the fairest way to split things up?
I find the "shares" function can work but can be inefficient at some things. For instance, what if I'm gone 16 days out of the month, but my roommate works from home... How should my part of the utilities be calculated? Or, what if my roommate excessively uses other utilities while I'm away, why should I be paying a flat rate when obviously my consumption is less?
A tool like this would be very helpful to the airline community that travel for work and consistently have issues dividing up rent and utilities when living with non-airline roommates.
Also, it would also be great to factor in splitting up costs when a roommate works from home and is home almost 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
Thanks for your help!
Frederick Zhang commented
I’m living in a shared house and I’d like to evenly divide a bill into days and then allocate them to tenants.
For example, Bob lived in the house from 1 Jan to 2 Jan and John did only on 1 Jan. Suppose I’ve got a bill of $5, which is effectively $2.5 per day, then Bob should pay 2.5+1.25=$3.75, John should pay $1.25.
The share based method cannot be applied here since the date ranges can be overlapped.
John paid for power bill for 1st May to 31st May.
James been share house with John from 1st May to 31st May.
However Bob just moved in from 9th May, so that will be 9th May to 31st May.
So by adding the date calculation in split by shares. The System will be able to automatically knows how many shares allocate to each person in this power bill.
I agree! Splitwise needs some sort of system for assigning bills to certain periods on a calendar. I would definitely pay for this feature!
Edouard Roquette commented
I have regular short term renters mixed with long terms that are sometime away for months.
If I could tell the system when each person was in the house, what period do the bills cover, and let it work its magic it would be invaluable for me.
I wouldn't mind actually paying for this function, as part of a premium package.
Dave W commented
You're welcome! I will write my own tool to manage occupancy dates in the meantime then. And I'd be happy to provide you with the source code once it exists, to save you the time of writing and testing that calculation if you do choose to add such a feature in the future :-)