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​​Householder Information

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Householders must consider the following before signing up for homeshare:

  • The homeshare concept does not allow the exchange of money for rent between you and the sharer. 

  • A one-off joining fee of £100 is charged when you join the scheme.

  • You must be open to welcoming someone else into your home, possibly of a different culture/ethnicity.

  • You should be able to provide a spare bedroom and be happy to share your living space (kitchen, bathroom, living room).

  • Sharers only provide limited practical support in the home and/or companionship to enable you to remain living independently by a sharer providing 10 hours a week of help. No personal care is provided. 

  • You should be willing to commit to a homeshare arrangement for a minimum of 6 months. Should a match not work out, 1 month's notice by either party can end the relationship.

  • You should be willing to undergo the assessment and matching process, including providing contact details of 2 referees.

  • You should be willing to disclose any spent or unspent criminal convictions. (This will not automatically exclude you, but we need to know about them.)

Sharer Information

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​Sharers should consider the following before applying:

  • You must be able to afford the one off £150 registration fee and the monthly Homeshare fee of £200 per month paid a month in advance.

  • You must also be able to make a contribution to the householder of an agreed amount towards household costs.

  • You must be able to prove that you are eligible to live in the UK.

  • You must understand that you will be living in someone else's house and should treat the householder's home with respect.

  • You must be willing to undergo the assessment and matching process, including providing personal/professional references and evidence of financial security.

  • You must be willing and able to provide 10 hours of your time each week as practical help and/or companionship to the householder as per individual agreement.

  • You must be willing and able to commit to homeshare for a minimum period of 6 months unless there is a problem, of which notice can be given anytime.

  • You must be willing and able to stay overnight at the property most nights.

  • You must be willing to disclose any spent or unspent convictions and undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS).

Food and bills costs?

Sharers are expected to contribute towards food and household grocery expenses should you decide to eat together.

Why shouldn't I rent a room in Cambridge?

Renting in Cambridge is expensive and in most cases would cost at least 3 times more than the homeshare fee.  Having a homeshare will enable you to save.

Does the sharer contribute towards household bills?

Whilst the homeowner remains responsible for household bills, there may be individual cases where expenses such as wi-fi are not provided for and one will have to foot the bill

for this.

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