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How to find a roommate?

You may be planning to move out or you have already moved out and finding it difficult to pay your rent, one way to reduce your monthly rent payment is finding a roommate. Even if you find one roommate, you might be able to reduce your monthly rent costs by half as well as any other households bills. But how do you actually find a roommate?

Check online

There is plenty of websites where you can find a roommate, such as Spare Room. Spare Room allows you to find a property that may have rooms going spare as well as finding people who are currently looking for somewhere to move into.

Ask your friends and colleagues

Your friends and colleagues may know someone who are looking for a new space to move into. The positive of asking your friends and colleagues is that they will be able to tell you a little bit about them beforehand.

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Reach out on your social media channels

If you have a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tik Tok or any other form of social media, you can reach out to your circle and see if anyone that you know or friend of a friend who may be looking for a room to rent.

With social media, you will be able to do a bit of research on them beforehand. So you can see if they are a heavy partier, works night shifts, out with their friends most nights or someone who binge watches a lot of TV and film.

 Ask your letting agent

If you’re renting your property through a letting agency, you can always ask your letting agency if they have had any enquiries. For example, if you’re renting a three bedroom property and now you have a spare room because one of your children has moved out or because you have recently split up with your partner.

It’s best to explain your situation so they’re clear of what you would like to do as they will need to double check with the landlord. However, most of the time, it shouldn’t be a problem.

Our Top Tips for when you’re looking for a roommate:

  • Don’t rush into anything, you will want to find the right person, so you don’t want to rush into anything
  • Get your finances in order – that way, you will be able to be upfront with what it would cost them every month
  • Ask if they have any pets that they would be planning on moving in with them – great if you’re a pet lover, bad if you’re allergic to anything

When you have found a roommate, it be worth writing and signing a roommate agreement, even though it would be legally binding, it’s a good document to refer back to and you will both have guidelines established before moving in together.