Rent – you can’t give it away (really!)

You may have noticed that the winners page for our Live Rent Free competition hasn’t been updated this month. That’s because we haven’t been able to get hold of the person who won yet! If you’ve been a SpareRoom user for a while you may remember this isn’t the first time we’ve had trouble giving away money – in 2009 we almost didn’t manage to give away a whole year’s rent due to an over-zealous spam filter! The current prize is one month’s rent, so will be considerably less, but I’d hate to think the person who won will miss out.

The winner gave their name as Benjamin and we suspect he’s in York (based on the email address). We’ve sent 3 emails so far with no response so if you know a Benjamin in York who entered the competition you might want to get them to check their emails, just in case it’s them.


I love you, you pay my rent

OK, so we only pay one person’s rent at a time but that person gets to live rent free for a whole month. Pretty good eh?

So, who is it this month? It’s Maryline.


Maryline lives in Streatham, SW16, so it’s another London winner (and another female winner!). Maryline’s prize, based on the average rent for a double room according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index, is £537.33. Maryline won with one of her loyalty entries (additional free entries we give out to people who regularly enter the competition or encourage their friends to enter).

Maryline says:
“The timing is so perfect that it is hardly believable: I am just ecstatic!!! I currently live in Streatham, and have just returned to work as a teaching assistant in my local school after 9 months of maternity leave, during which credit card debt had started to pile up. My son, my husband and I currently live in a shared house until we are able to afford a bigger place or decide to move to a cheaper location. I have used SpareRoom in the past and I enter the competition every month when I don’t forget about it. I generally share the link on Facebook for friends to join as it is so easy to enter.”

Don’t forget, for your chance to win a month’s rent enter SpareRoom’s Live Rent Free now

Who’s living rent free in March?

Natashka is.

Congratulations to Natashka Brown, who lives in East London (E1). She wins £654.33, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index.


Natashka says:
“I’m a West End theatre lighting technician and had been living alone for seven years before I found my present flatshare on SpareRoom last year. It was a good way for me to move into a new area and find out what to do and where to go. Having just ended a six month contract, I’m using the site again to find my dream share apartment, hopefully with a great social element and in a great location. I’ve entered the competition on numerous occasions and never thought I’d win, it has come just at the right time. I’d like to use the money to go to Barcelona and celebrate a friend’s 50th but I’m sure it will come in handy with my room deposit too!! Thank you SpareRoom”

Don’t forget, for your chance to win a month’s rent enter now

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 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.

Another month, another winner – £20,000 given away so far

As we do every month, SpareRoom has paid another lucky winner‘s rent in October. This month it’s the turn of Maurizio who lives in west London.

maurizio-large Maurizio enters Live Rent Free every month and won with one of his loyalty entries (free entries SpareRoom give to regular competition entrants as a reward for their…you guessed it…loyalty.

Maurizio says:

“I’ve used SpareRoom a few times before and started entering the competition religiously every month, so it now finally paid off! I have also recommended it to a number of people I know. I live in a very expensive area, Kensington (W14) and thanks to this great news I can pay off my credit card and buy a nice gift for my mum who lives in Italy.”

Maurizio’s prize takes the grand total we’ve given away in rent to a whopping £20,006.51

For a chance to win your month’s rent in November don’t forget to enter now.

As an added bonus, this month’s Live Rent Free is run in conjunction with Sarah Beeny’s They’ve donated an iPad so November’s prize is a month’s rent plus an iPad.

Win a month’s rent and an iPad with SpareRoom and mysinglefriend

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beenyset2This month’s Live Rent Free competition is being run in association with our friends at, Sarah Beeny’s dating website. As always we’ll be giving away a month’s free rent to one lucky winner but, on top of that, mysinglefriend have donated an iPad.

That’s right – your rent paid for a month AND and iPad.

So, how do you enter? Simple – just go to

In the spirit of mysinglefriend you’ll also get an extra free entry every time you refer a friend and they enter the competition.

That’s all – good luck!

Matt, Sarah and the SpareRoom & mysinglefriend teams

Live Rent Free in September winner announced

SpareRoom’s Live Rent Free in September competition has been won by Tanne. Tanne lives in Vauxhall (SE11), so wins £567.66, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index.

Tanne says:
“I’ve used SpareRoom a couple of times, and I have been entering the competion each month since last summer. I’m sharing with one other in Vauxhall at the moment, but until recently was living in a house of four girls in Fulham and found SpareRoom really useful for finding new flatmates each year. I’ve built up quite a number of entries – it’s so easy to click on the link in the email each month, but I never thought I’d actually win! The timing is perfect as my laptop has just broken so I will put the money towards a new one, and I am also going on holiday in a couple of weeks so it should fund a few nights out! ”

Don’t forget, for your chance to win a month’s rent enter now


Another lucky Live Rent Free winner

Once more we have another winner for our Live Rent Free competition.

This month’s winner is Rachael who lives in Edinburgh and wins £351

Rachael says:
“It was a huge surprise when the e-mail arrived telling me I’d won and I’m still in shock about it. I always enter the competition as it only takes a minute to click on the link from the e-mail. I’ve found my past two flatmates on SpareRoom as the website was really easy to use and I got loads of responses. I’m going to Madrid this summer so this will make it an even better trip. ”

This month’s prize takes the total we’ve given away to £17,471.52 and it’s now 19-7 to the girls.

Rachael won with one of her loyalty awards, which you get if you enter the competition regularly. Fancy entering now and winning next month’s rent? Enter now (it’s free)

Live Rent Free – May winner

Another month, another year, another winner (and another one for the ‘girls’ column). Live Rent Free has now been running for 2 years – who’d have thought it!

So far we’ve given away a total of (gulp) £17,120.52 and it’s 18-7 to the girls.

Our Live Rent Free in May winner is Gemma Harrison, who lives in SW19 (Wimbledon). According to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index the average monthly rent in the home of British tennis (and therefore the prize) is £546.

Gemma says:
“I used SpareRoom when I first moved to London in August 2009 – I thought the best way to meet people would be by living in a shared flat. I found the website really easy to use. I also used SpareRoom again when a flat mate was moving out – the response we had was great and we filled the room in no time! I enter the competition every time I see the email, it’s free to enter so there is no harm in trying. I never thought I would win but it goes to show you have to be in it to win it! The money will come in handy, I will hopefully put it towards a nice holiday somewhere hot!”


Don’t forget, for your chance to win a month’s rent enter now


Flatshare Census iPad winner

Firstly a big thank you to everyone who took the time to take part in our Flatshare Census. We had over 10,000 responses from people of all ages around the UK (and further afield).

Unfortunately there was only one iPad to win and it has been won by Nicky Price. Congratulations Nicky!

Nicky has been using SpareRoom to find lodgers for her flat in Norwich. She says:

“Wow, it is absolutely fantastic to win an iPad, I’ve never won anything anywhere near as exciting as this before! I was on a train when I got the email from and had to read it over and over again to actually believe my name had been  picked out of the draw! I’ve always wanted an iPad but never been able to afford one so this is just amazing.

SpareRoom has been great to help me find lodgers to share my flat and help pay the mortgage. I usually look for people to stay Monday to Friday and I’ve always been able to find nice, trustworthy, like-minded people. The guy currently renting the room is great, he’s been here nearly 18 months and we get on really well – so I can fully recommend to find your ideal lodger/landlord/lady.
So thank you so much.. and it just goes to show that it totally worth filling in surveys and questionnaires and entering competitions as one day a winning email might drop into your inbox!”