Room for Tea
Room for Tea
Room for Tea is a new kind of homesharing network. It connects guests looking for short-term affordable accommodation in London, with hosts who have a spare room in their homes.
Accommodation offered by RfT is both higher in quality than other short-term options in London, and on average costing two thirds less. RfT offers greater support and more personalised customer service than its competitors. RfT offers support to host and guest by providing guidance prior to the stay, organising payments and agreements, and addressing any issues throughout their stay. We have been developing innovative ways of building security and trust into our service. Our verification process uses a peer referencing system which vouches for our users' accountability. We feel that this is more reliable and cost-effective than traditional identity checks. We also built in features into the online profiles which allow users to get a better sense of the other person but also provides an infrastructure to make the matching process simpler. Finally, Room for Tea have created a platform that differs from its competitors, being people-centric and accessible, with legible copy, buttons and straightforward language. RfT’s approach identifies two clear needs that have not yet been addressed together. It differs from existing homesharing schemes, as it involves interns in need for affordable housing and hosts of various ages, who can benefit from sharing their homes.