Freqently Asked Questions
Who is this site/service for?
Cohabitas.com is for anyone interested in finding out more about house sharing when you're older - this means over 35 years old. Already common among students and young professionals, sharing everyday life is a great option for all age groups.
What information do I provide when I register?
We ask for your gender, your date of birth (only age is displayed), city/town location, email address (not visible on the site) and a preferred user name and password. We also ask you to upload a picture of yourself and, if you have one, to upload a picture of the room in your flat or house that you are offering tor rent/to share in your home.
How will my information be used?
We will securely hold your initial registration details (as noted above) as well as any preferences for house sharing you choose to add to you profile (up to 20 can be added to assist people in finding a good match). This information is kept private at all times and the site is designed to keep your identity protected and managed by you alone.
Can people contact me?
Your email address is completely private and never displayed. If you do want to make contact with another person interested in sharing then you can do this by using the online messenger service provided. in this case only your username, age and town, plus a profile picture if you provide one, are displayed to the other person.
Users can look at profiles (location, age and other sharing preferences you choose to include) and keep a list of 'favourites' profiles. When ready, users can send a 'friendship request' which you/they can accept or decline. You can then send messages to other users using the message app (desktop or mobile) - no email addreses or other contact details are visible to the other person and you can decide to talk accept a friendship request or answer a message as you prefer. You can just look around if you choose, but we hope you discuss house sharing and the options in your local area.
We also send you the latest news, notice of meet-up events or messages from our business partners depending upon the preferences you provided at registration. These can be updated at any time.
Why do you ask for my age?
We think someone’s age is an important consideration when looking for a suitable house-mate. The site allows users to search for profiles of people within an age range (e.g. 55-65), so registered users need to include their age for their profile to be found in those searches. Other users cannot see your full date of birth, just as you cannot see their's.
Can I delete my details if I don't want to be registered anymore?
You can delete your profile at any time. Simply go to ‘My account’ in the top right hand corner, select ‘Account settings’ and click ‘Delete profile permanently’.
If I want to find a house-mate together with a friend what should I do?
To sign up as a pair/three you can set up a profile with all of you in the picture and with a group name. Then use the username and password as a single user would. Alternatively register separately and create a 'meet up' event to discuss property with other sharers or landlords.
Once I found someone to share with, will Cohabitas help us to find a place to live?
We can help but you are also free to organise things yourself. Some registered users will be offering a room in their existing flat or house. Additionally we have partnered with Zoopla.com to help you find pre-selected properties in your area which are particularly suitable for sharing - 2 or 3 bathrooms etc. Click on ‘Find property’ in the menu to start your search.
Do I have to rent a house or flat through Cohabitas?
Not at all. You are free to look for a house or flat on any other property site or through your local estate agent. Or you can make use of our partners who offer properties on the Cohabitas website. Our main job is to match you with a suitable house-mate- which we think is the most important bit.
Can married people or couples use the service?
Absolutely. If you are married or are a couple looking to share with other people,'A bot about me' description and in the messages you send to other users. You might meet another couple or single people who want to join you in a house-share.