A young man has revealed he is “over the housing crisis” after struggling to find a shared house in Melbourne.
The 21-year-old claimed that most house shares have ridiculous requirements, including one that required his new housemate to wear a COVID-safe mask at all times.
She shared the curious online listing that seemed to be the “last straw” in her search for a new home.
“The requirements they have to live somewhere are really pissing me off,” he wrote on Reddit. ‘Some require that you be a student or ‘professional’ (which I am neither) or that you be a specific age. I find this annoying but somewhat understandable.’
He added: ‘Others only look for people who have the same interests, diet, personality and lifestyle. Whether I am housed or not should not be judged by that. I don’t want to ‘join the family’, I just want a house.’
An Australian recently shared a house listing with ridiculous requirements
The man explained that several ads also had ethnic requirements and he despised the idea of having to change the way he lived or ate in order to find a home.
He shared a particularly harsh list he found in Melbourne that read:
‘Age: 18 to 30.
‘You must take strict COVID precautions: You must wear a fit-tested N95 (or better) respirator everywhere outside the apartment, with the exception of low-density outdoor spaces. Indoor dining is strictly prohibited. You should not work in a high-risk industry.
‘You should not cook anything excessively greasy. I can’t stand the smell. Ideally, he also recognizes that cooking is very inefficient and simply orders through a meal subscription service.
‘To apply, send me a message and confirm that you meet the three eligibility requirements. Because I have limited time, I will not respond to messages that do not clearly address all three requirements.’
Hundreds of people were shocked by the announcement and many advised him to move to the regions.
“On the other hand, you know immediately that this person would be horrible to live with, so you dodged a bullet there,” one noted.
‘That? Cooking is very inefficient. Buy subscription meals? He sounds like a rich, privileged asshole. What is the kitchen for then? Just to sit there and collect dust? asked another.
“This is so repulsive that these specific requirements are completely ridiculous,” one woman said.
But not everyone had problems with the list.
“At least this isn’t a greedy, jerk owner,” said one.
“They are clearly at high risk or immunocompromised and are trying to navigate this new world where they feel like everyone is putting them at risk,” wrote another.
‘Isn’t it better for them to be honest rather than for you to find out after you move? It will look good on someone. I think it’s good that they are honest. They have probably shared housing for a long time and know what they can handle,” added one man.
“Ethnic preferences are often aimed at making everyone’s life easier (communication, domestic cultural practices like not having shoes in the house, kosher kitchens),” one shared.