Share housing saviour: How to find your new flatmate
FOR some Seniors it can be a quandary working out how and where to start looking for a housemate, but one national website is offering a solution.
Amanda Graham's website Senior Flatmates gives both the landlord and the tenant a free tool to connect online.
"We've been going for about 18 months," Ms Graham said.
"We have Seniors Housing Online which has properties geared towards over 50s either for rent or to buy.
"We were getting about 70,000 unique website visitors per month searching for accommodation."
They knew they had an audience thinking about downsizing and another audience looking for rental accommodation.
"We thought, why not connect the two," Ms Graham said.
"Some of the listings go very, very fast."
Seniors looking for somewhere to privately rent or if they have a room to rent out can list for free the room details on this website.
Included in the advertisement may be a person's view on sharing, their expectations including pets, smoking, sharing bills, and so on; all of which helps others determine if they would be compatible.
Each advertisement is vetted by Ms Graham's team before it goes live.
The site doesn't cater for commercial operators.
There is a search box to see what is available. Once an advertisement is chosen, there is an email form and a phone number for the individuals to connect directly with each other.
In the site's information section are articles are on renting tips and helpful website links.
Ms Graham points out it's important for tenant reference checks and to consider getting accounting advice before taking in a tenant.
"We don't take responsibility for placements. It's up to the individual to do their diligence and make sure their making right decision.
"We are trying to help people to find affordable accommodation," Ms Graham said.
For more details and tips on renting, go to www.seniorflatmates.com.au.