Over the last five years there has been an increase in tenants letting accommodation on a Monday to Friday basis. Usually these are people who work away from home and had become fed up with living in hotels or bed and breakfasts all week.
There are some major advantages for Monday to Friday landlords compared with full-time tenants:
- Use of the room at weekends
- Lodger tends to bring a lot less stuff – just what they need for the weekend
- Their house isn’t the lodger’s permanent residence.
Some people working away from home have made a long term commitment to this way of life and buy a small apartment in which to live during the week.
Have any of these people considered letting their accommodation at the weekends when they aren’t there? One recent ad on yours2share is looking for somewhere more “permanent” to stay at weekends only. The advertiser lives in Manchester, but his girlfriend lives in Sheffield and he wants a base in Sheffield for the weekends.
Many people regularly visit a place at weekends, staying in hotels, B&Bs, even friends’ sofas. There are two main reasons:
- visiting children living with an ex
- visiting elderly relatives
But visiting sweethearts is equally valid. So is simply having a second home – for fun! When I moved to Norfolk, a rural county in England about two hours north east of London, I soon found that one place in which many Norfolk people wanted to own a second home was London (interestingly many of them have second homes on their own coast). I personally would be very interested in having a base in London that I could use at weekends, but I was surprised to find that I was not on my own.
If these situations are so common, why aren’t more people sharing? I think it is simply because there are no services other to yours2share that can accommodate this and it isn’t a well known service, so it doesn’t occur to people to ask.