The founder of flat and house share website SpareRoom.co.uk is advertising empty rooms in his £3m home for as much as the tenant can afford.
Rupert Hunt, 41, is seeking two housemates to share his Grade II listed home. He is willing to accept offers from £1 to £1,000 – the latter being the average rent for rooms in the area (the home is between Spitalfields Market and Brick Lane in London).
Hunt says that the reason for his generosity is because he wants to live with the right flatmates, but fears the typical rate of rooms would “price out a lot of people”.
The five-storey Georgian house boasts six bedrooms, a music room, garden room and disco lounge. Just two bedrooms are up for rent – one is in the basement and the other is on the first floor.
The advert states that Hunt shares the “creaky” house with a series of stuffed animals, including a bear and two peacocks.
“I’m not doing this for the money,” Hunt insists. “I’m doing this so I can live with people who are going to enrich my life.” Although, he adds that he does not want to live with someone who is looking for a “free ride”.
“I would expect most people would be able to afford more than [£1], but that’s not to say I wouldn’t accept that – two people who’ve lived with me have paid nothing,” he says.
Hunt admits that he has used SpareRoom to find housemates in the past, but this is the first time he has done it publicly as the founder.
After splitting up from his wife, he decided to turn to SpareRoom in 2013 to “try out my own service and do the ultimate market research”.
However, he explains: “What I wasn’t expecting was how much I would enjoy it and the realisation that living with the right flatmates is better than living on your own.”
Hunt says that he is open to living with almost anyone, as long as they have a good relationship, shared interests and similar habits, such as “attitude to washing up”1.
The only catch for prospective housemates is that they must be prepared to feature in Hunt’s YouTube film, aimed at promoting the benefits of living with housemates.
Could you live with Hunt? The full advert can be found here: https://www.spareroom.co.uk/flatshare/london/spitalfields/4351844