Melbourne startup The Room Xchange has launched a compulsory verification characteristic on its house-sharing platform.
Founder and CEO Ludwina Dautovic stated the brand new ‘Verified’ characteristic additionally ensures that each one profiles are actual and present, with the positioning’s search algorithms simplifying the matching course of to make it simpler for individuals to search out the appropriate flatmate based mostly on character, values and life-style.
In an period when discovering someplace to hire is getting more durable and costlier, and particularly disadvantages older girls, Dautovic is trying to make it simpler for like-minded individuals to share a house.
“The home-sharing market wants a shake-up. It’s now not the area of 20-year-olds,” she stated.
“With hovering home costs, increasingly individuals are actually renting. Conversely, there’s a broader group of individuals opting to hire their spare room who’re in search of a high-level verification and matching course of.”
She stated The Room Xchange’s Digital iD supplies consolation to households understanding that their new housemate has been verified utilizing a type of authorities identification. The platform as additionally launched a hire offset operate that give boarders the choice to offset half or all of their hire by doing extra jobs across the home corresponding to cooking, cleansing or strolling the canine.
Dautovic stated the platform additionally supplies in depth sources for each households and housemates, from FAQs, to templates and a podcast to assist everybody hire higher.
PRD Actual Property chief economist Dr Diaswati Mardiasmo stated The Room Xchange displays the shift in Australia’s house-sharing and rental demographic
“There’s a brand new sort of renter and so they’re on the lookout for greater than only a non permanent place to remain. They’re on the lookout for a house with individuals they’re appropriate with,” she stated.
First Nationwide Actual Property CEO Ray Ellis stated The Room Xchange “offers with the age-old downside of discovering the appropriate housemates, however with the applying of contemporary character and life-style matching in addition to the choice to obtain hire for a room or offset the hire with family assist. Its attraction is common.”