Live Rent Free in April winner announced

Another month and another opportunity to give away a month’s rent arrives with our Live Rent Free competition.

This month’s winner is Neil McCallum who lives in Belfast (and therefore wins ¬£281.66, the average for a double room including bills in the area). Neil’s win is another tick in the ‘boys’ column but the girls are still winning hands down at 17-7

Neil says:

“Thank you, couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the email! This will definitely come in handy! I’ve been doing this competition fairly on and off since I signed up to SpareRoom a few years ago when I was living in England. I was looking for new living arrangements and it helped me get in touch with quite a few property shares which I was interested in. It also was a great help when I was moving back home to Northern Ireland as it had a great selection for there also. I’m currently sharing in an apartment near the centre of Belfast with a couple of friends which suits me down to the ground as I’m close to all my other friends and it’s handy for work (and socialising of course). Going to put the money towards paying off the snowboard holiday I’m just back from and it’ll hopefully help me along the way to booking my next holiday sooner than I was expecting! Happy days! Thanks again!”

If you want to be in with the chance of getting us to pay you rent in May just  enter the competition

The UK Flatshare Census

With the 2011 census fresh in everyone’s minds we’ve decided to do one of our own. Why? Well, it’s simple really – hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of people in the UK rely on shared accommodation. Despite that the government collects very few stats on who lives in flatshares (or who takes in lodgers) and why.

As census data is used to allocate hundreds of billions of pounds of public money it makes sense for us to know how that public is living. So, we’re launching the UK’s first Flatshare Census today.

Just to be clear – none of the data collected will be used in such a way as to identify participants. We also promise not to use the data we collect to market to anyone (or to sell it on to anyone else to do the same).

The census should take 5-10 mins to complete and one lucky participant (drawn at random) will win an iPad.

Take part