It’s no secret that we’re living in unprecedented times, but as we start to see society normalise we wanted to share some insights on how you can house share safely moving forward. Below you can find some helpful tips to ensure housemates and households are on the same page, and can establish some ground rules for everyone’s peace of mind.
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Your housemates may likely have work or study requirements along with a social life. You need to keep this in mind when agreeing to live with people. Be clear about what you’re comfortable with in terms of socialising and what you’d like them to do before re-entering your home.
Will you and your housemates be allowed to have visitors? Be mindful of who is visiting your home and practice safe distancing to protect your housemates as well as yourselves.
Make a plan for what happens if someone is in contact with someone found to have COVID-19, or if someone in the house contracts it. Will the whole house go into isolation? Is there an area of the house that can be used as a self-quarantine area? Keep in mind that you don't want your housemate to be concerned about how getting sick may affect their living situation. If you’d like your housemate to have a COVID-19 test prior to moving in, it's a reasonable request now that the test is readily available.
Communication is key. In order for your house sharing experience to be successful it’s important that everyone feels comfortable asking questions, and giving answers. At the end of the day, having everyone on the same page from the beginning is the best way to instil clarity and confidence in sharing your home.
To stay up to date with the latest information on Covid-19, check with the Australian Government Department of Health