Co-living offers a solution to the housing crisis across the world where rentals and other housing are expensive or in short supply, usually giving residents their own private sleeping and bathroom spaces and providing communal kitchens and leisure facilities.

The sector is snapping at the heels of serviced apartments and aparthotels, with some providers offering tenancies as short as two weeks, giving travellers the chance to stay in accommodation within a ready-made community.

However, unlike apartments which offer kitchens, laundry facilities and separate sleeping and living areas, during the current COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, many co-living residents are forced to stay in their small personal spaces or risk contamination when mixing with other residents in communal kitchens, gyms, TV lounges and games rooms.

Many buildings are now cancelling maintenance and closing communal areas, leaving tenants ordering food in and self-quarantining in smaller spaces than regular apartments, while some even rely on the building to provide cleaning supplies and toilet paper.

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