There are a lot of scams when it comes to housing, so it’s perfectly normal to be concerned. Our Speak to a CoLifer program can connect you with a real homeowner or renter to chat with them about any concerns or questions. People love us and would love to tell you about us. If the Speak to a CoLifer program is of interest to you, just let us know.
CoLife makes housing safe. There are no scams and no spam. Human beings review every person who wants to join the platform. We require background and credit checks before introducing you to your matches.CoLife makes housing easy. Our matching algorithm saves you hours of weeding through bad fits that aren’t going to work. We send you matches based on your values and living styles. There are so many variables when it comes to finding the right living situation. We make sure you don’t show up only to find out that the person you might live with has a cat when you’re allergic. Plus, our home guides will also guide you through the process. We cover all the bases. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Because we only work with A+ homeowners and fantastic, vetted renters, our renters enjoy much more affordable rents than getting their own place, with much more flexible lease terms, and rooms are almost always furnished. We also provide and a protection plan for once renters and homeowners start to live together. Homeowners enjoy knowing that their renters is vetted and safe and matches their living style. They enjoy the extra income of course, and having someone else around to pick up avocados at the store or grab the Amazon package outside. It’s a win/win for everyone!
All of our background and credit checks are done by a third party trusted vendor. We keep all other private information, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, etc., private, until an interested party has completed their background and credit check.
The following are included in our third party background check:
Credit report, Criminal report, Eviction report, ID report, Income Insight report
It’s very common for homeowners who are used to short term travel rentals to sign up for CoLife. In that case, it’s important to prepare your area to accommodate a longer term renter via subletting. Often times that can be very simple and easy by simply adding a mini fridge and hot plates and providing laundry access in your home. If you have any questions about the transition please reach out to us. We’re here to help!
For all of our renters and homeowners, if you’re not happy we will find you a different living situation (you’ll of course have to check this with your lease as well).
Our credit checks are done by Smartmove Transunion, a trusted third party. The credit pull is a soft credit pull and according to their website does not affect your credit.
You do not. Temporarily, we are waiving the background and credit check fees for homeowners and renters.
You will need to get a new background/credit* check through our third-party trusted vendor when submitting your CoLife application. We require these be updated on an annual basis. *Credit checks are only required for renters.
We require as part of our terms of service that homeowners and renters have adequate insurance. Please check your insurance policy, most insurance companies must be notified before renting out a room in your house.Typically, homeowners insurance policies to not cover renting a room in your home. That’s why CoLife provides a protection plan to cover renting a room in your home for both homeowners and renters that you can learn more about here.
Yes! We can provide a lease for you to use through our platform. There is a place where homeowners and renters can add custom language, rules, etc., in the software.
Yes! We guarantee rent to the homeowner at the first of every month. While it’s very rare, our team’s housing attorney can handle anyone who doesn’t pay or any difficult situations that arise.
It’s better to communicate too much than not enough with both homeowners and renters. If you have concerns, whether it’s a start date, budget, pets, or living styles, it’s best to bring up your concerns and be open and honest about them. Don’t move forward if you don’t feel comfortable. We have hundreds of renters and homeowners and if we know what you’re looking for we can do our best within reason to help you find it. We want everyone to have a great experience.
Renters will often have a range of guests from family, friends, or romantic partners at different frequencies. These are included on the application and we encourage renters and homeowners to talk openly about this to manage expectations.
At times homeowners will have personal renters while hosting CoLife renters. Homeowners may have family, friends, or personal guests and we ask this on the application. We encourage homeowners and renters to talk openly about this as most of our renters are flexible.
It’s possible to find a match within days or even a week, but in general most homeowners and most renters are planning several weeks to several months out. It’s best to sign up as soon as possible so that you can start seeing your matches and to allow for the most options to choose from.
Even if your home isn’t ready yet, you can still list on the site because it can take time between the matching process and a guest moving in. Keep in mind most of our renters are very flexible.
The qualification for listing on CoLife is that it must be your primary residence.