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Services to flatsharers and landlords.
Lodgings - A room in someone’s home:
It is very common for people to take in a lodger to help cover the
mortgage or rent. Living with your landlord may mean that you have
fewer rights. Your local council or advice centre may run a lodgings scheme, or may be able
to put you in contact with people who have spare rooms for rent.

Bedsits: These are normally single rooms in large houses. They
can be self-contained with mini kitchens and bathrooms, or living/
sleeping rooms with kitchens and bathrooms shared with other people.

Shared flats or houses: These are flats or houses where people live
together and share the kitchen, living room, and bathroom facilities. Groups
of friends often set up flat- and house-shares and may advertise a
vacant room when someone leaves.

 


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An introduction to flatsharing

So what exactly is a 'flatshare'?

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Simply put a flatshare is when a group of two or more individuals join together to rent a property. In most cases each person has their own bedroom and communal areas like living rooms, kitchen and bathrooms are shared. Flatshares differ from "timeshares", which are a form of vacation ownership typically found within a resort.  For more information on timeshares, please visit SellMyTimeshareNOW.

Why should I consider sharing?

Sharing is a much more economical way of living than living on your own. You'll still need a kitchen, bathroom and living room if you live on your own so, by sharing, you split the cost of these rooms with the other housemates. You can also split council tax and bills which helps keep costs down. Sharing can also be great socially as you'll get to meet new people, sharers often end up lifelong friends.

How do I go about finding a room?

With the advent of online listings sites it's easier than ever to find a good flatshare. Until recently people had to rely on print adverts in local newspapers to find a room and, due to the slow turnaround of print media compared with online, rooms had often gone before the paper even reached the newsagents. Online listings on site such as Spareroom are updated hourly or even every 30 minutes so are far more up to date. In addition an online ad gives you the chance to add photos, detailed descriptions and even video to your listing so you can see exactly what the room is like before you trek accross town to see it.

Who will I be sharing with?

Pretty much anyone is the answer. Flatshares are no longer the sole territory of students and low income twenty-somethings, today's sharer is just as likely to be a financially independent professional in their late 20s or early 30s who expects a high standard of living. The average age of flat sharers in the UK, according to a survey of Spareroom's 400,000+ registered users, is over 33 and rising every year.

Advertisers on flatshare sites include teenagers, families with a spare room to rent and parents whose children have left home and want to rent their room out for a little extra income. With such a wide range of options you're bound to find something to fit your needs.

Is there anything I can do to help me find the right flatshare?

Obviously you can check all the listings for rooms in the areas you want to live in but it might also be worth placing a 'Room wanted' ad. You'll be able to tell people where you're looking to live, how much your budget is and a bit of general info about yourself. Many advertisers and landlords regularly check the wanted ads for suitable sharers so give yourself the best possible chance. Spareroom.co.uk have some useful tips on placing a room wanted ad.


Lodgers, isn't that all a bit 1970s?

Not at all, haven't you heard....the lodger is making a comeback.

Why should I take in a lodger?

If you've got an empty spare room you can earn up to 4,250 a year tax free by renting it out. Lodgers these days are often young professionals who can't afford their own place but want somewhere comfortable to live along with a decent flatmate to share with.

If you're looking to buy a property there are specially designed products available for those thinking of buying an extra room specifically to rent out. These mortgages allow you to factor in a certain amount of rental income when working out how much you can borrow. See Buying to Share Mortgages on Spareroom.co.uk for more information.

How can I be sure I'm getting a good lodger?

You can never be 100% certain but there are steps you can take to make sure you pick the right person. Spareroom.co.uk has a useful guide to help you choose the right lodger or flatmate

What are the benefits?

Well, there's the money (which will help you afford your mortgage). It's not just financial though, finding the right person to share with gives you the benefit of company whilst allowing you to maintain your independence if you want to. If you're not sure you want to have someone around all the time you could consider renting your room out on a weekday basis. If you live in, or near to, a big city or area of employment you may well find someone who wants a room between Monday and Friday to avoid commuting but travels home for the weekends. It's a growing trend and you get the balance of a bit of extra cash while keeping your place for yourself at weekends.

How much can I charge?

Have a look on Spareroom.co.uk to see the range of rooms available in your area and use their handy rent checker to see the average prices. This should give you an idea of what the going rate is.

How do I advertise?

Advertising your room online is by far the best way of doing this. Not only will you get to upload photos and video to illustrate your listing but you'll have much more scope to describe what's on offer. In addition you'll be able to search for people who are looking for a room in your area. Check out Spareroom's tips on advertising your room online.

 

                                                             



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Useful resources




FlatmateClick - One of the leading matching services in the UK for those who look for a flatmate or a flatshare. Allows members to look for a place or a flatmate by Postcode and covers the whole UK.

Easyroommate.com - Founded in 1999 the company has quickly grown and dominated the ‘flat share’ market worldwide. Our service allows users to post a FREE advert either advertising a room to rent or if they‘re looking - a ‘room wanted’ listing.

Housepals - We are here to offer you the very best selection of flatshares and roommates. If you have a room to rent then have look at our find a housepal feature to see how many people are looking for a flatshare in your area. Earn some extra cash and advertise your room on housepals, this also stays advertised for 8 weeks ! If you are looking for a flatmate or a flatshare then our simple easy to use search engine will give you a great choice in your selected area.
 
 
 

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