Flatshares are shared health environments
There are 206,000 flatshares in London, housing non-related adults mainly in their twenties. The difficulty of setting agreed co-living rules for cleaning and hygiene has always been there, but the topic has been pushed to the surface together with the fear of getting infected with COVID-19. Tenants have realised their home is as safe as the least cautious tenant. When sharing a home, you have a massive impact on the health of the others and vice versa, which we call shared health.
Before taking action to protect the household health, there needs to be an agreement as to what to do as a collective, but having that discussion is difficult. In one house there is often a mix of stress levels, cultures, personal health risks and a lack of open discussion culture. No one wants to be the nag of the house or risk creating a negative atmosphere.