Taking in a lodger series starts next week

The New Year always sees a rush for shared accommodation. In fact January is the single busiest month on SpareRoom.

In part, no doubt, this is driven by a new batch of people taking in lodgers to cope with the post-Christmas financial hangover. With that in mind we’ll be starting a new series of blog posts as from Monday, full of tips and advice for anyone thinking of renting out the spare room in their home.

It’s a big decision and one you shouldn’t take lightly. Luckily we’re on hand to guide you through the process and we also have plenty of advice from others who’ve done so (and who can point out the pitfalls in advance to help you avoid them).

Check back on Monday for post #1


A month’s free rent and an iPad goes to…

We have a winner for our latest Live Rent Free competition.

The lucky winner of a month’s free rent (courtesy of us) and an iPad (courtesy of Sarah Beeny’s mysinglefriend.com) is Natalie Ross.

Natalie lives in LS13 (Leeds)  so wins £320.66 – taking the total we’ve given away so far to £20,327.17.

Natalie says:

“I live and work in Leeds. I’m sharing at the moment so I can afford to live somewhere a bit nicer than I could afford on my own. I have had a tough year so it was great to have a bit of good luck for a change, I can’t believe that I won in the month you were giving away an iPad too!!! I’ve wanted one for ages but couldn’t justify the cost. I have a couple of weekends away planned, visiting friends in Galway and Zurich so I’ll be changing the money into Euros and treating myself to Guinness and glühwein.”


You’ve got one more chance to enter Live Rent Free in 2011 – enter now for your chance to start 2012 on a high.

SpareRoom sponsors networking event for women in the creative business

shesaysukWe were approached recently by SheSays, the global creative network for women, to get involved in an event in January.

‘Get over it…overcoming obstacles’ is a networking event for women in the creative business in Brighton and will take place on January 12th. SpareRoom is happy to be able to sponsor the event and buy attendees a glass of wine or two.

The event will focus on overcoming adversity, feeling the fear and moving on up to success and will feature Sally Turner as guest speaker. For more info visit WeAreSheSays.com