Getting a new housemate in 2021

Existing tenants

With the world the way it is at the minute we are sure you are concerned about getting a new housemate(s), so please make sure you read the below and keep as up-to-date as possible with government guidance. Firstly, please can we ask that you make sure your house is clean and tidy before they move in:
  • They will need space in the fridge and freezer – we suggest you label these so you don’t need to get too close to your new housemate(s)
  • If you have more than 1 bathroom, and it is feasible to do so, please can you clean and designate 1 bathroom to your new housemate(s) – again if you label it so they know and don’t need to ask
  • Please make sure all communal areas, especially hard surfaces, are clean and where appropriate wiped down with anti-bacterial wipes/ spray or watered down bleach (1 part bleach to 10 parts water) on a wrung out cloth or sponge after you touch them – including door handles, cupboards, fridge, freezer, oven knobs, etc
When your new housemate moves in you will all need to do things a bit differently for the first 10 days or until you get a second negative Covid test:
  • Take a Covid test the day they move in
  • You will need to socially distance from your new housemate(s) – this means keeping to 1m+ physical distance from them, ideally 2m but where that isn’t possible you can be 1m apart with additional precautions such as wearing a face covering, opening windows/ doors, not facing each other
  • Wash/ sanatise your hands more regularly
  • Wipe down every hard surface you touch in communal areas with anti-bacterial wipes/ watered down bleach (1 part bleach to 10 parts water) on a wrung out cloth or sponge – including bathrooms, kitchens, door handles, etc.
  • Ideally using a separate bathroom from your new housemate(s) – if this isn’t possible you will need to clean the bathroom after you have used it, wiping everything you have touched
After atleast 3 days take another Covid test, assuming everyone’s in negative you can stop socially distancing and become one household. But please be aware tenants who have traveled internationally may have been instructed to follow alternative government guidance and may still need to keep there distance until they have passed an additional test. Your new housemate(s) will have been told to comply by the same social distancing and hygiene guidelines. Please check you/ anyone you have been in close contact with have no symptoms of Covid-19 (coronavirus) – your new housemate(s) have been asked to do the same. If you or any of your housemates have symptoms of Covid-19 (coronavirus) please let us know immediately and follow government guidelines including getting a test. Your new housemate(s) have also been asked to:
  • If possible isolate for 10 days prior to moving
  • Take a test before moving and, assuming it is negative, also isolate to prevent infection
We hope this helps, for anything else please see the FAQs page on our website which might answer it for you.