I know I need to address this.... I just keep copping out on doing so, so if anyone can help me find my polite spine then feel free to comment!
We moved into a shared office building a few months back. (DH and I run our own company.) It's on a lovely, newly-developed rural business centre and we're in a building that naturally splits into two halves. A furnishings company has the whole of one side & is completely self-contained.
On our side, we have the upstairs - there is DH and myself, 1 employee and 1 part-time intern, and 2 associates who share the space with us. Downstairs is a business with three people - two guys (one older, one mid-40s I reckon) and a woman (also mid-40s). They were in situ for some time with nobody else in the building before we came along.
The shared kitchen is opposite their office suite. When we moved in, there was a fridge, microwave and toaster; the drawer was full of cutlery and the cupboard was filled with an entire 12-place dinner service, casserole dishes etc. Nobody explained this wasn't communal so we used it to begin with.... Turns out the only shared items are the microwave and fridge and the rest is theirs. When we found out, we apologised sincerely and purchased our own. (We had to ask them to let us have some space in the cupboard - we now have a half-shelf!)
At lunchtimes they often let their dirty dishes stack up in the sink. Someone will wash them later and then leave them on the draining board. This doesn't always bother me as we often take sandwiches, but on days when we eat 'proper' lunches (like today we had chilli & rice with salad) then I often have to clear up their crocks so that I have room to wash & dry our own.
We don't see a lot of them - the younger guy and the woman are friendly enough when we pass in the hall, the older man is more stand-offish. None of them has said anything about the kitchen but I'm getting more annoyed at having to clear up after them. I guess they got used to having the building to themselves (on our side) & don't think about how leaving their stuff lying around affects others.
There is one other empty office suite in our building - opposite Other Business, next to the kitchen. Somebody viewed it last week - if they move in, OB will have to relinquish some space as at the moment there is no room for anything else!
So....I need to ask them to start clearing up after themselves at lunchtimes, or at least not leave their dishes and cutlery lying around taking up all the space in the sink/draining rack. Just need to find that spine.....