The Room Xchange Podcast | Helping You Rent Better

The Room Xchange Podcast | Helping You Rent Better

Are you renting or house-sharing in Australia? The Room Xchange Podcast is here to help you rent better. We'll be bringing you conversations within the real estate industry along with everyday people sharing stories about their rental and house sharing experiences. We'll also be bringing you ideas on how you can make your rental property your home, how you can rent better, how to choose the right housemates, how to build a strong relationship with your landlord and real estate agent and how you can find your people and feel at home. To find out more go to: | Email: | All Social Media: @theroomxchange


November 4, 2022 38 min

About Karl Fitzgerald - Economist and Director of Grounded

Welcome to The Room Xchange Podcast. I’m Ludwina Dautovic and today I have the pleasure of speaking with Karl Fitzgerald about Community Land Trusts.

Karl Fitzgerald is an economist specialising in land economics and works as the Director of Grounded - the Community Land Trust advocacy body. He led Prosper Australia's research for 18 years. He is also Treasurer of the Mal...

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Lucy O'Flaherty, CEO Columbia Aged Care
Welcome to The Room Xchange Podcast. I’m Ludwina Dautovic and today I have the pleasure of speaking with Luck O’Flaherty, CEO of Columbia Aged Care. Lucy and I are going to unpack the process of caring for our elderly in Australia.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Caring for our elderly in Australia and the choices you have
  • Dementia and loneliness are two main issues we need to be aware of with ou...
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    In episode 16, Ludwina Dautovic interviews Mitchell McLean. Mitch is passionate about all things DIY, having spent the past 19 years with Bunnings supporting customers with bringing their projects to life. Mitch is currently part of the Bunnings workshop team, an online community for sharing DIY advice and inspiration.

    About Mitchell McLean

    Mitchell McLean has been renting for 20 years and has had quite a rental journey. It’s provide...

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    In episode 15, Ben Pretty, Co-founder of Rent Rabbit, and Ludwina Dautovic talk about reviews for renters by renters.

    ***To listen to all episodes go to: or subscribe on all major podcast directories.

    About Ben Pretty
    Ben is the co-founder of - Australia's No1 Property Review Platform for Renters. Ben is passionate about tackling the imbalance of Australia’s private rental market thr...

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    In episode 14, Mark McCrindle, social researcher and demographer, and Ludwina Dautovic, talk about the future of housing in Australia and how our CBDs are changing.

    Mark McCrindle is a social researcher with an international following. He is recognised as a thought leader in tracking emerging issues and researching social trends. Having developed his reputation across two decades as an award-winning social resear...

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    Angela and Sherylanne have been house sharing for 18 months and have now formed a lifelong friendship. In this episode we’re talking about their journey, how they negotiated their rent offset, how they worked through any issues and their plans to remain friends for life.

    ***Connect with The Room Xchange on social media  - Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Linkedin  | Get started | Stay updated

    About Angela and Sherylanne
    Angela is epid...

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    “My role as a property manager, first and foremost, is to help people.” Karen Joseph

    Karen Joseph, Principal at First National Real Estate in Manly, Sydney has been in the real estate industry for 19 years and talks about how she builds trust and solid relationships between her property owners, herself and her tenants.
    About Karen Joseph

    With a reputation in the industry for having a proven set of skills, Karen Joseph provides her cl...

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    The changes in rental demographics might be surprising to some. Gone are the days when renting was the domain of 20 year olds who were leaving home for the first time or going to university. Or the young couple saving for a house. Changes in rental demographics are showing that more and more people are opting to rent as a lifestyle and/or financial choice. 

    In this interview, Dr Diaswati Mardiasmo, Chief Economist at PRD Real Estate...

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    Working from home with housemates comes with it's own challenges. Working from home is hard enough, let alone working in an environment where you may not have the space, adequate resources or the ability to be both flexible and disciplined in your work at home practices. 

    With Covid giving more workers the option to work from home, unless you have clear boundaries set up and a good understanding of what that means for the other ...

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    With renting becoming more of a lifestyle choice as well as a necessity for some, it's time that we started to build better relationships between the landlord, agents and tenants. Landlords are not to be feared in fact over 70% of landlords in Australia are mum and dad investors. Agents want good tenants for their landlords, but tenants are often left feeling like they're the least important part of the equation.  

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    In today's episode I'll be talking about one of the features on our platform - rent or rent offset - it's your choice.

    The rent offset calculator is a great tool to help you work out the best plan for how you want to live. If you’re a household, you can work out how many hours of additional household jobs you’d like to have done and how much of your rent you can offset for that help. The same goes for housemates. If you...

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     In today's episode I'll be talking about how to create an engaging profile on Australia's first verified house sharing platform - The Room Xchange.
    Whether you’re a household or a housemate, creating an engaging profile is vital to your success in finding the right living arrangement for you. Your profile is literally a first glance into who you are and how you like to live, so you want to draw people into your world, ...

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    In today's episode I'll be talking about mandatory Digital iD verification.

    We are proud to say that we're Australia's first verified house sharing platform. From the very beginning, we have insisted that all users on our platform are verified via Australia Post. Their Digital iD technology has been integrated into our system enabling you to quickly be verified in around 30 seconds.


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    December 20, 2021 29 min

    Knowing how to rent with pets can be challenging particularly when the laws differ from one state to the next. The rental laws in regard to renting with pets have also changed which  provide tenants with more assurance around renting with their beloved pets. 

    However, you still need to get the okay from the agent or landlord and there are some things you can do to help your application along.

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    As housing prices continue to skyrocket across Australia the idea of owning your own home continues to remain a pipe dream for many Australian's.  With renting being the only alternative, it begs the question "Is renting a viable lifestyle option?"
    Christopher Zinn, our guest on episode 3 of The Room Xchange Podcast, believes renting can be a viable lifestyle option is it is well considered and you have a good plan in p...

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    The Room Xchange - Helping you rent better.

    If you want to save some money on your rent and are a bit handy with a tool or two, this episode is full of practical ideas on how to negotiate a rent reduction with home improvements. Chris Bellesini, Director of Undercover Agent,  talks about how he saved $7000 in rent by doing some home improvements on the rental property he and his family were living in.

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    Hello, I’m Ludwina Dautovic your host of The Room Xchange Podcast and our first guest is Ray Ellis, CEO of First National Real Estate. Ray has had a strong business career in Australia and internationally through a variety of industries. Ray and I are talk about how to apply for a rental property. Ray has some great insights, so if you’re currently applying for rentals, don’t miss this one! Make sure you head over to our Instagram ...

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    The Room Xchange Podcast - Conversations with industry leaders in the house sharing market and everyday people talking about their house sharing experiences.

    Hello and welcome to the first episode of The Room Xchange podcast where we’ll be helping you rent better. I’m Ludwina Dautovic, the CEO and Founder of The Room Xchange, Australia’s first verified house sharing platform.

    I’ll begin with telling you about the company and then why...

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