Tenant finds love close to home

There’s an unwritten rule against sleeping with a housemate – but 14 per cent of Australian renters admit breaking it.

The relationships weren’t just “flings”, according to a survey by realestate.com.au of 2,300 renters.

Eight per cent said they were still together with their housemate and four per cent plan to marry.
General Manager of Sales and Operations, Arthur Charlaftis, said it’s not surprising that people were finding partners through sharing a house.

“Nearly a third (29 per cent) of private dwellings in Australia are rental properties. That’s a lot of houses being shared and a lot of people meeting through sharing a house,” he said.

The statistics were released on Valentine’s Day ahead of the full survey’s planned April launch.