The founder of Spareroom.co.uk has received over 7,250 applications to his “pay what you can afford” room-sharing drive. A few weeks ago we wrote about Rupert Hunt’s plans to use his own site to source housemates for his Grade II listed home in Spitalfields.
Just two weeks after placing his ad for up to three new housemates, Hunt has received 7,251 applications, from all age groups and demographics. The youngest applicant was 17 and the oldest 68, while more than 300 people submitted videos and ten wrote songs in an effort to stand out from the crowd.
Applicants included Alan Sugar’s cousin, three contestants from The Apprentice’s 2015 intake, Miss Universe GB 2014, three well-known YouTubers and the Guinness World Record holder for the most jokes told in an hour.
Some wrote songs and poems to try and win Hunt over, while three even took the drastic step of turning up at his home unannounced – bringing with them home-baked goods.
“I’ve been genuinely overwhelmed by the number of applications,” Hunt said. “I knew the response would be big but nowhere near this big.”
“I have no idea how I’m going to pick just two or three people from so many. There are bound to be dozens of people who’d make brilliant housemates so, whoever I end up with, I’ll still miss the chance to live with some great people.”
He added: “The whole process is about meeting interesting people who’ll enrich my life in some way, not making money. So we won’t even discuss rent till we’ve made the decision to live together. My previous housemates have paid between nothing and £600 a month though, so whoever ends up moving in will definitely be able to afford the rent.”