- A video appeared on TikTok showing someone in Toronto offering a half-bed for rent for $650 a month.
- The TikTok, posted in October, currently has over 600,000 views.
- There is a growing trend of hot-rolling – sharing a bed with a stranger to save money on rent.
If you want to rent in one from North America most expensive housing marketsyou may have to get used to the idea of sharing a bed with a complete stranger.
IN TikTok posted last month, Toronto real estate broker Anya Ettinger highlighted a post on Facebook Marketplace that appeared to show someone offering to rent out half a bed in exchange for C$900 ($650) a month.
“I’m looking for a laid-back woman to share a master bedroom and one queen-size bed,” the ad reads.
“I previously shared a bedroom with only one queen-size bed with a roommate I found on Facebook and everything worked out perfectly!”
The Facebook post was subsequently deleted, but Ettinger’s video was viewed by more than 600,000 people.
That’s a sign of how bad the situation is in Toronto’s supply-hungry rental market, the second most expensive in Canada, according to a June report by the classifieds website. Village.
“Just when you thought the Toronto market couldn’t get any worse, it did,” Ettinger says in the TikTok video.
“It’s so abnormal. Renting a bed space for 900 [Canadian] dollars a month? No wonder so many people hate him here,” he adds.
Despite Ettinger’s outrage, there are signs of a rise in the popularity of “hot bedding” – sharing a bed with a stranger to save on rent. 2021 study by Sydney University of Technology surveyed 7,000 international students living in Sydney and Melbourne and found that three per cent of respondents had used hot bedding to save on rent.