Disaster Relief Emergency Accommodation
by Flatmates Team
If you have a spare room, you can help those who have been displaced by the Australian bush fires by providing short term accommodation.
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To offer your room to those in need, simply list your place on Flatmates.com.au and opt-in as a “disaster relief listing” between January 6 and February 6. There are no fees to list a disaster relief property or to connect with those looking for short-term accommodation during this period.
How does it work?
- List your spare room or whole property by clicking the “Offer My Room” button and completing the questions.
- Connect with those who are in need of short-term accommodation.
- Meet and agree.
Why offer my spare room?
Due to the recent bush fires across Australia, many people are unable to return to their homes and may require short-term accommodation. There is also expected to be an influx of contingency workers arriving in affected areas to assist with the recovery efforts. This may put added pressure on the short-term accommodation market around these areas.
Offering up your spare room for free to someone displaced due to bush fires or to a contingent worker will help to greatly relieve this pressure.
How does it work for accommodation providers?
You can list your property on Flatmates.com.au to connect with those who require accommodation or to find temporary free accommodation.
You can list the property here. Simply follow the steps to complete..
Once listed, those in need of accommodation will be able to connect with you immediately and you will be able to reach out to them.
Can I convert a current listing to disaster relief?
Unfortunately, no. You will need to create a new listing and select the ‘Disaster Relief’ tick box on the first page.
How can I find short-term free accommodation?
If you’ve been displaced due to bush fires and are in need of free short-term accommodation, you can find available properties here. You will need to create a free person listing and verify your free account with Flatmates.com.au before you can contact available listings. There is no requirement to pay to connect with listings listed in the disaster relief section.
What else should I consider?
Chat with the person you’ll be moving in with or who is moving in with you. As with all shared situations, even if it’s short-term, it’s important that everyone is comfortable living with each other. Set a proposed length of stay. This may change, so be flexible, but it can be helpful to have in writing a proposed length of stay for clarity for both the property lister and the person requiring accommodation. Disaster relief accommodation listed on Flatmates.com.au must be free. If a listing was placed as free, but you are being asked for payment please report this to Flatmates.com.au.
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