The story behind the Shared Accommodation Service


Alison O’Keeffe

The Shared Accommodation Service has been my baby since I started with Copenhagen Housing. When I first met with Charlotte to discuss the needs of the company, it was clear that we needed a way of helping room seekers, and those looking to share an apartment with friends. When Charlotte started the company, she already knew from her previous experience that it would be far more difficult to find suitable properties for these clients than for ‘regular’ clients (singles, couples and families). Therefore, it wasn’t possible to charge them a start-up fee, the same as for her other clients, because she wasn’t certain that she would be able to find them what they were looking for. But nonetheless, sometimes perfect offers of rooms, or apartments suitable for sharing would come to her via her contacts, and she would not have any clients for them. This seemed like a total waste! So something needed to be done about it…

When fate brought me and Charlotte together in September 2016, one of the first things I did was start working on the Shared Accommodation Service. This was a way of accumulating clients looking for rooms or shared apartments so that when the offers came from contacts, we had a dedicated list of interested clients. By just charging a small registration fee to cover the administration involved in registering clients and maintaining the service, the service is accessible to as many people as possible, something which we really value at Copenhagen Housing. We keep the success fees for this service as low as possible for the same reason. And as with all of our services, if you don’t find an apartment through us, you don’t pay.

I am always working on developing and advancing the Shared Accommodation Service. I’ve sussed out the most sharing-friendly landlords and companies and am always trying my best to find more (or to convince others that it’s the way to go!) I work hard to try and match room seekers together so that they can potentially rent a sharing-friendly apartment together. It’s still a work-in-progress but we hope in time to be able to help all of our Shared Accommodation Service clients find the perfect place for them.