Cranbrook Shared Housing Lived Experiences
MY SHARED ACCOMMODATION EXPERIENCE
I have had one or two young people renting for many years. I tried the foreign student billeting program from the college but found that it kept me too busy cooking every day. A “Shared Accommodation” ad on Kijiji is free and adding a picture helps. My ad is very specific about what my rules are and I only take either fully employed or full time students at the college. My rental agreement also lists all my rules including a 10 day trial period where they can be told to leave because of non-compatibility. No smokers and no overnight visitors are two rules that are deal breakers for me. We both sign the agreement and I keep it. Over many years I have only had to evict three people. Because of the contract I have never had difficulty getting rid of unsatisfactory renters. If I feel they are not keeping the basement bathroom clean enough then I
reinstate the ten day trial and they always improve. I have two bedrooms in my basement that I rent. Always either two male or two female renters, never mixed. There is one bathroom, a refrigerator, microwave, washer and dryer, sitting area and storage for their shared use. They come upstairs to the kitchen to use the stove. My current renters have been here two years. Rent money has helped me afford a two week winter holiday and taken away the stress of worrying about increased costs every year.