1. How much will I pay in rent? What if I am unable to provide services?
2. How much rent should I charge?
3. What if the living arrangement doesn’t work out?
4. What is a trial period?
5. What makes someone a good candidate for shared housing?
- How much will I pay in rent?
You and ALA staff will determine the amount of rent you can afford based on your income and other expenses. Once the referral process begins, you’ll be referred only to those who are charging an amount in your price range. If you are not interested in providing services or are unable to due to your schedule, then you can expect to pay a higher amount in rent ranging from $600-800.
- How much rent should I charge? (If you are the one renting out space.)
Here are some things to consider: The majority of people can afford $600/month or less. It’s unreasonable to charge more than half of the total rent or mortgage to a renter. If you are asking your housemate to provide services, those services should reduce the amount of rent you request according to the type of assistance and hours needed.
- What if the living arrangement doesn’t work out?
Individuals are encouraged to work with an ALA housing counselor to resolve issues with their home sharer. If every attempt has been made to salvage the relationship and the living situation is still not working, we encourage giving your housemate 30 days to find a new place. This is a common courtesy which allows each party time to make other arrangements. Both parties are welcome to return to ALA for more referrals.
- What is a trial period?
ALA strongly recommends individuals enter a temporary trial period before making a match permanent. The trial period can range from 2 weeks to one month. No rent is exchanged and individuals use the time to determine if they want to live together.
- What makes someone a good candidate for shared housing?
A person well-suited for the program will act professionally during the matching process by following through with referrals in a timely manner. Typically, individuals who are renting a room in their home are looking for someone who is very independent and involved in activities outside of the home.