Posted by: crisdiaz24 | October 22, 2015

Flatsharing – Cloze Test




Family breakdowns, rocketing house prices and the crushing legacy of the recession are forcing many people 0) __________ 40 to return to flatsharing with strangers.

Flatsharing websites, which normally cater to students and those in 1) __________ 20s, have seen an unprecedented boom in the number of older people in need of housing and willing to live with people 2) __________ their age. In 2013, more than 60,000 people over 40 placed “room wanted” adverts with Spareroom, one of the largest websites – 20,000 more than five years ago. The over-40s now make up about one 3) __________eight of those looking for a home. And the number of people in this age bracket who responded to ads without placing one is probably much higher.

The 4) __________ age of a user of the site is 28, so the over-40s are likely to be sharing with someone a lot younger, potentially meaning a big adjustment in lifestyle to fit in.

In previous generations, people in their 20s would marry and buy a starter home. Analysis from the Office for National Statistics published last week shows that 26% of adults in the UK aged between 20 and 34 are now living with their parents. The average first-time buyer is now 35 and pays £184,000 5) __________ a home – meaning that a single buyer would need an 6) __________ of about £50,000 to get a mortgage.

Matt Hutchinson from Spareroom said that the most common reasons for someone in their 40s or 50s needing a flatshare were the inability to buy somewhere and the 7) __________ of a relationship. “It splits into two: some people are still sharing in their 40s because they can’t 8) __________ to get on to the property ladder; and that’s because we’re in the grip of a housing crisis,” he said. “That means property prices are going up, and increasing rents mean people can’t save a deposit in the way they used to.

“But the other side of the 9) __________  is people sharing for the first time in their life or returning to sharing because a relationship has broken up or they have lost their jobs. Previously, people in that position would have rented a one-bedroom flat, but rents are so expensive now, that’s 10) __________ of the question.”

Adapted from: The Guardian


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