Life without a landlord
Roost homes are tenant run co-operatives. Here is what that means:
Know that you can live in your Roost home for as long as you want. No arbitrary evictions.
Change the kitchen, update insulation, or anything else that makes it nicer.
You control the home and the maintenance, not a landlord. If it’s broke, you can fix it.
Excess rent is donated or reinvested -- it goes to the community, not to a landlord.
What’s the catch?
It’s yours to control -- so it’s yours to manage.
We help with that. We help to sort out the bills, the maintenance, and make it easier to get the improvements.
But at the end of the day, it’s yours. You own it. We have a responsibility to make sure you’re not unsafe, but it’s your responsibility to make it a good place to live.
How Roost makes money
We get 10% of the rent you pay to live in a Roost home. No hidden charges or complicated subscriptions.
Our plan is to move lots of homes into community ownership and this fee lets us do that.
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Who we are
We came together because we were fed up with bad landlords. We wanted something better, and we knew we could do it through housing co-operatives.
So we set up Roost to make it easy to live without a landlord.
Frequently asked questions
What is a co-operative?
Co-operatives are organisations where every member has a say in how their home is run, but no-one can to profit off of it.
Co-op homes exist to benefit their members and the community they are a part of. It’s fundamentally different to renting from a landlord.
Landlords have the incentive to keep their home only just good enough to rent. Co-ops exist for their members, so they invest in and improve the home.
Can I invest in Roost?
Yes. You can invest as loan stock or bonds. We allow investors to choose whether they want to invest in affordable or market rate housing, where and what kind. For more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I support a friend / family member?
Yes. This can be a good way to help them live in a good home, while getting a return on savings and increasing the amount of community-owned housing.
What is Roost’s legal model?
Residents are members of a management co-op, which is a member of a secondary co-op.
This means all the properties are on the same balance sheet, but every home is managed by the people who live in it.
A co-op whose members are the management co-ops, which owns all of the homes.
A co-op which leases the home, which is responsible for everything but the structure.
Someone who lives in a Roost home
What are you waiting for?
Create a co-op