This can extremely useful for someone that is unsure what kind of rent to charge.
The Flaw Assuming you didn’t pay for a subscription, when you receive a message from a potential roommate, you get a notification in your e-mail saying “You Have New Mail.” At this point, you can either pay for a subscription or ignore the e-mail.
This is when I generally start a new subscription so that I can read my new messages.
The person evaded answering the question by stating more about themselves, thus trying to appease my apprehension of letting the purported roommate to move in.
Also note how the purported roommate is asking how much it will cost to secure the room and where to send the money to in BOTH e-mails. The purported roommate is indifferent to the area and amenities and only cares about securing it immediately. I thought this would be a great opportunity to educate readers what a scam e-mail looks like.
I’ve had actually very good luck in finding reliable roommates using the paid service.
And No, I am not getting paid by to write this post. There is a flaw with roommates.com, which of course I will share.
Some of you may think this is scheming; some of you may think this is clever.
Let me remind everyone, the choice is entirely up to the prospective roommate to move in and pay the advertised rental price.
In a more urban area say the Greater NYC or Boston should turn up more potential roommates than I would find for my area.
Craigslist is also valuable medium being a free source and the number of page views it receives.
So, after paying for the subscription service to read my new messages, I see nothing in my inbox – Rip Off.