Room rents in Spitalfields can top £1,000 a month, but Rupert will let flatmates ‘pay what they can afford’
More than a decade after setting up SpareRoom.co.uk, founder Rupert Hunt is using his own site to find housemates to share his East London home.
The six-bedroom, five-floor Georgian house in Spitalfields – complete with a grand piano, taxidermy bear and Aga – has been Rupert’s home since 2013.
It’s in prime celeb spotting territory – One Direction and David Tenant have filmed in the street and it’s been a location for Great Expectations, The Woman in Black and new British film Suffragette. Keira Knightley owns the house round the corner.
Rupert Hunt, founder of SpareRoom.co.uk, comments:
“I ended up living on my own a couple of years ago after I split up from my wife, so I decided to use SpareRoom to find a couple of housemates. To be honest I saw it entirely as a chance to learn something about the business, but I ended up learning that sharing with the right people beats living on your own any day. So, now my last housemate is leaving, I’ve decided to do it again.
“I’m open to living with pretty much anyone, as long as we get on and they add something interesting to the dynamic of the house. That’s why I’ve taken a ‘pay what you can afford’ approach. For me it’s all about the people so, if the person I think will make the best housemate can only afford £200 a month, that’s what they’ll pay.
“It’ll be fun to see what people make of the house too. It’s 300 years old, so can be a little spooky at night – I have to admit, on my first night there I chickened out and stayed in a hotel round the corner.”