FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is homesharing?
Homesharing simply means that you are sharing your home. Typically, a homeowner offers space in their home to a housemate. While every homeshare is unique there are two types of homesharing:
How old do I have to be to homeshare?
We designed HomeShare Alliance to meet the demand for shared living and anyone over the age of 18 is eligible to apply.
Does homesharing require a minimum length of stay?
HomeShare Alliance is not a service for short-term accommodations. All of our agreements are for a minimum of 365 consecutive days. HomeShare Alliance is designed to be flexible to meet the needs of each individual homeshare arrangement, which can range from one year or more.
Is homesharing legal?
Yes, homesharing with one housemate for a period of more than six months is legal in most circumstances. In many cities and towns, you can even host up to three housemates at a time with no issue.
Is a homeshare agreement a rental lease?
The homeshare agreement is customized to the terms and expectations set by both parties with mutual agreement. Find out more about how shared living applies to Ontario laws here.
How HomeShare Alliance Works
How does HomeShare Alliance work?
Searches and finds ideal matches for you
Conducts a multi-tiered screening process
Creates customized homesharing agreements
Acts as your service team to support you during your homeshare
What information do you need from me to sign up and become an active member of the HomeShare Alliance community?
Once you complete our online housemate form you are part of our community. Housemates who join our database have access to special events, member discounts, and unadvertised homesharing opportunities
How do I find the right homeshare arrangement?
Once housemates complete an application, undergo our vetting process and complete our compatibility process, your consultant will select matches based on a compatibility match. You will be introduced to qualified housemates until you accept a match that you are both satisfied with.
How long does it take for a match to be made?
Our homeshare matches typically happen in 6-8 weeks. If we currently have someone in our database who would be a good fit the match can happen in a matter of just a few days.
What happens if I don’t like the match you suggest?
Whether you’re the homeshare host or housemate, we understand that finding the right person to share a home with is critical to a successful homeshare. You’ll have an opportunity to meet a potential match and then decide if you want to move forward with that person. We provide the match, but the decision is yours.
What if things aren’t working out with my housemate?
Can I list more than one room of my home?
How much do I charge my housemate?
Do you have an unanswered question about homesharing or HomeShare Alliance?
Please email us at Solutions@homesharealliance.com
About HomeShare Alliance
What geographical area does HomeShare Alliance cover?
We help guide householders across Ontario with their homesharing journey through our virtual service. In-person services are available in the Halton, Hamilton-Wentworth, and Peel region.
Is HomeShare Alliance a safe way to find a housemate?
What do you do with my personal information?
Our clients’ safety and security are our top priorities. Your information is stored securely and is not shared with any third parties.
I’m an Airbnb host and am thinking about finding a long-term roommate instead. Do you offer a special rate for Airbnb hosts?
No monthly fees
Less work (you don’t have to clean up after each guest)
More freedom with your time (no guest preparation)
A consistent and reliable person living with you
Can I rent out my entire house?
No. Our services are geared towards shared living. Householders with HomeShare Alliance can only rent out a room or spare space in or on the property of their primary residence. HomeShare Alliance is a service for homesharing, not home renting.
Can you help with renting out a basement apartment?
Do you find housemates that can provide help around the house?
Yes provide services for both task exchanges and supplemental income homeshares. Please consult with one of our advisors for details about our task exchange program or visit our Task Exchange page for more information.
What does it cost to use HomeShare Alliance?
It’s free to register as a member on our database.
Do you offer automated rent payments?
Do you offer a guarantee for your services?
Do you have any job openings at HomeShare Alliance?
Will you put a sign on my front lawn advertising my homeshare?
No. We provide a confidential service that respects your privacy and safety. Your home’s location will never be identified through our promotional efforts. If photos are required, only interior or backyard exterior photos of your home will be used.