Britons want to live with Cheryl Cole!

Despite keeping a low profile recently, Cheryl Cole has topped our latest survey in which we asked 1000 tenants who their ideal celebrity roommate is. 8% of tenants asked wanted to share a pad with Cheryl who pipped Johnny Depp (4%), David Beckham (3%) and Lady Gaga (3%) to the post.

The results have made for interesting reading. The usual suspects are all there of course, but there are also some more bizarre choices like Johnny Vegas and Robocop!

Singers and bands were the nation’s most sought after companions with nearly a third of you wishing you could share washing up duties with the likes of Robbie Williams, Katy Perry and Snoop Dogg.

The savviest tenants wanted those who would be best around the house, like Kim and Aggie to run the duster round and Jamie Oliver to whip up some tasty meals.

There were some much loved TV and film characters in the running as well, including Eastenders’ Dot Cotton, action stars James Bond and Mr T and funny-man Keith Lemon.

There’s a serious message here too: how well do you know the people you’re moving in with? Even if you think you know your fellow roommates, living with them may be very different. You’ll be responsible for paying a deposit which you’ll only get back by complying with your signed tenancy agreement and leaving the property in the same state it was when you moved in (subject to usual wear and tear) – so the return of your money depends on the reliability of others. 

If you don’t know who you’re moving in with, get to know them a little beforehand; the people you live with can be more important than the property and you wouldn’t rent a place without going to see it first.”

It’s vital for landlords to know their prospective tenants too. I’ve read several stories lately about a growing trend for rent arrears and the impact it’s having on landlords. Cheryl Cole is unlikely to have any trouble affording rent but make sure you undertake the necessary financial checks so you can be confident your prospective tenant(s) can afford the payments.

For a list of the top ten celebs and top 5 celeb categories, click here.