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How Cohabitas works
To find a room to rent or a house share in a home with others aged 40+ please register and add a Housemate listing.
We do not offer a personal service, only an online listings service, where you can add a listing as a 'housemate' looking for a room, or interested in meeting other people in the same situation as you for a 'buddy-up'
Responses to your listings ad will come directly to you, and you will arrange a viewing with the landlord directly. You will also arrange to provide them with any identity, financial or references they require, before signing a lodger agreement.
Start here: https://cohabitas.com/register/
If you need help registering and adding a housemate listing, then please get in touch. We also have a telephone registration service.
To find a lodger or tenant aged 40+ please register and add a Room for rent listing.
We do not offer a personal service, only an online listings service, where you can add a listing as a landlord or lead tenant with a room for rent to find a suitable lodger or longer-term housemate.
Responses to your listings ad will come directly to you, and you will arrange a viewing with the person directly.
If you choose toa dd a phone number to yuour listing (not compulsory) then you can also receive phone calls, text and Whatsapp messages. If you don't want this just leave the phone number field blank.
You will also arrange any identity checks required, and create a lodger agreement, also known as a licence to occupy for your new housemate.
Start here: https://cohabitas.com/register/
If you need help registering and adding a room listing, then please get in touch. We also have a telephone registration service (free to landlords/owners).
It all depends on who has added a listing in your preferred area. All we do is connect you. Larger cities have more people adding room listings, but of course there are also more housemates looking.
Keep in mind it can take a little longer depending on your requirements and other people's requirements, as well as the siz eof the location.
You can use browse or search Rooms for rent listings to find listings for rooms to rent in a shared house and, in some cases, whole properties. You can search by preferred location, preferred age-range, gender, by monthly rent, and a number of other features.
You can also browse or search Housemate listings, to find people looking for a room, as well as those considering buddy-ups in a particular area. You can search by preferred location, budget, and sharing preferences, then view individual listings.
Cohabitas is a website dedicated to helping people over the age of 40 find shared accommodation.
Simply put, we connect people who have a spare room in their house or flat, with people who are looking for a place to call home, usually for a minimum of 3 months, and often longer-term.
Most of our landlords/owners live in the flat or house in which a room is offered. This means the room for rent ads you find will focus not only on the room itself, and the house or flat, but also on the person or people with whom you'll share a home.
Because everyone is over 40 and interested in sharing (actually you can register if over 35), you are more likely to find a like-minded housemate and therefore have a more successful share.
Read our News & inspiration section for advice and tips on successul house sharing over 40.
Room listings are marked as Available, Let or Not known by the listing owner. We regularly remind listing owners to update their listing, but not all listings are kept up-to-date.
Therefore after 3 months we mark rooms that have not been updated as Status Not known. It is possible that listings marked in this way could still be available in more rural areas, but unlikely.
It is also possible that a listing is added and not marked as available by mistake.
We do check room listings when they are first published, but sometimes a room is re-listed a year or so later and the user forgets to change the status back.
If you cannot enter an email address that is already registered then you need to login-in instead.
If you have forgotten your password since registering you can reset your password.
Am I already registered?
- If you click on the Cohabitas homepage in the menu does it say 'You are logged in'. If so you have registered and can add a listing.
- You will have received a Welcome email from Cohabitas when you registered. Check your Spam folder if it is not in the Inbox.
- Lastly, if you try to register again with the same email address and the form says the 'email address is already registered', then you are registered and can use the site.
Your username or email address can be used to login. Try the other if one doesn't work.
If you have forgotten your password since registering you can reset your password.
It is also possible that you did not register.
If you have requested a password reset, then you have been sent a welcome email. This normally arrives in your Inbox, but can sometimes go into your Spam folder. Check there.
If nothing arrives, it is also possible that you registered with a different email. Try that.
If you still cannot find the reset password, please get in touch.
If you think you registered but are not sure you are logged in, there are two ways to check:
- If you click on the Cohabitas homepage in the menu (or logo) does it say 'You are logged in'. If so you have registered and remain logged in. You do not have to login each time, only if you choose to log out.
- If you cannot see the login link in the menu, only the logout link, then you are logged in.
You can use the menu to browse all areas of the site. You can check or update your account details in Account.
Managing your account
Adding a listing is the way you tell others about your your sharing preferences. It includes things like your budget/rent needs, preferred age groups, your preferred location and other things you are looking for.
More than that, without a listing you cannot be found by other users and they cannot see your sharing preferences.
This means that if you message a user without a listing they will be unlikely to respond as they cannot see what you are looking for or whether you are a possible candidate.
If you do not have a listing already then add a listing now:
Advertise a room for rent (offering a room in a shared house or flat)
Advertise yourself as a Housemate (looking for a room or house share, or a buddy-up)
Uploading photos to a listing will attract more attention and improve interest. You can add up to 8 photos to a Room for rent listing, but only one to a Housemate listing.
Upload or Edit your photos by going to Account then choosing the Account and listing details option. Click on your listing to View/Edit just below the link to your listing (Example of housemate listing link shown below).
This takes you to the listing detail page, where you can edit your listing using the Edit link just beneath the title. This Edit link is only visible to you if you are the listing owner.
Scroll down to find the Add a photo section of the form. Click on Select File to find the photo on your phone or laptop device.
If photos are rotated, then this is probably because you had the phone or digital camera at an angle. Take another photo with the phone held up more and uoload that one.
If we noticed roatted images we do rotate them for you.
Your user photo is part of of you Account. The room for rent or housemate listing requires different photos. It is best to have both user and listing photos, but you need to add them separately (sorry!)
To add a user photo go to Account and select Add user/landlord photo.
This takes you to your User Profile page of you account. Here you will see a circular image saying Awaiting Photo, or showing silhouette or yourself. Roll-over the grey cog symbol next to it to add, remove or edit a photo of yourself. To use select Edit Profile and then click on the circular photo once. You will see two options Upload photo/Cancel.
Select Upload photo and then browse your phone or computer before clicking the Upload photo button to choose your photo.
Once the photo is selected you will see a pop-up window Change your profile photo where you can adjust the image, before clicking Apply to save your image as your user photo.
When you register, you will be invited to add a listing. This listing includes a summary of your sharing preferences, including things like your budget/rent, preferred age groups, your preferred location/address and other things you are looking for.
The listing you create can be viewed by any user of the site, but only registered users can see the full listing details and can see the private messaging system.
Free listing members can message Premium members and can alos be contacted by them, but Premium members can send messages to anyone and importantly, can receive messages from anyone. See Membership options.
A Premium listing is created when you buy a premium membership (starting at £12.90 for one week). Your listing will then be featured at the top of relevant sections and searches and marked as Premium.
This also enables you to send messages to any other listing owner and importantly, to receive messages from any user.
This means that a landlord receives more attention and interest, and that Housemates advertising themselves, will be able to contact like-minded housemates and any landlord listing a room. View Membership options.
Example of a Premium listing allowing you to contact the listing owner directly.
Example of a Free listing, requiring you to upgrade to contact the listing owner.
You can find all of your messages on your Account page using the main menu link.
Sometimes we get reports of people being notified of a message, but then they cannot find that message in Messages.
If you haven't logged in for a while, then this is usually because the user sending the message has since deleted their account (or admin has had cause to delete the account).
The notification messages are triggered at the time the user sends the message, but are not deleted when the user deletes their account some time later.
Edit a listing
To edit your listing, go to the menu and click on Account, then choose the Account and listing details option.
At the bottom of the page is a link to your listing. Click on the photo or on the View/Edit link to go to your listing page.
Click on Edit just below the photo on your listing to edit the from as required. (Only you can Edit)
When finished push Submit at the bottom of the page.
Delete a listing
You have to delete your Account to delete your listing. Select the Account and listing details option to delete the listing. Deleting your account deletes all of your data.
Alternatively you can keep you listing and set the status to 'Let' for a room listing, or to 'Paused' for a housemate listing.
If the page will not save, look at the fields above to see if there are any warning messages. Make an adjustment then submit.
Once submitted you can see a link to View your listing. Repeat the process to make more changes.
Arranging a viewing
To view a room you have to contact the listing owner.
You can find the link to the owner at the bottom of the listing detail page (to the side on your laptop/PC).
Please note, Cohabitas does not arrange viewings and will never offer you a room directly. We are only a community / online website where people can advertise rooms and find lodgers or housemates using our directory and seartch service on the site.
Once you have made initial contact with a landlord (about a room) or housemate (about a possible buddy-up), you will want to arrange a viewing or meeting.
Meeting in person is essential in order to see if the person is someone you could live with. You can prepare a checklist of things you want to know in advance. You can look at our Room Viewing Checklist to get an idea of what you need to know.
When arranging a viewing, you must never pay any money in advance until you have seen the room. When you view the room you can ask questions about everything before agreeing to anything.
You will need the time and address and can arrange this using the private message service. But having the other person's contact phone number for when you get nearby is useful.
If you view a room, do check they live in the property and have permission to let the room. We have heard of a few cases where someone has gained access to a flat and did not own it or live there. Normally this is obvious, but if you view an empty flat be especially careful.
If you suspect anyone of trying to ask for money before a viewing or of not owning a propoerty/room, please report them to us and we will investigate.
If you are asked for money to view a room or believe a person is behaving fraudulently in offering a room, please notify us immediately using the contact link below. We will suspend the listing and invesigate.
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