August 24, 2022 1:39 p.m.
Lambton College has partnered with an online business to help students find a place to call home for the next eight months.
Happipad spokesman Cailan Libby said around 120 students attending Lambton College in September were still looking for accommodation.
“This is a program that matches students with landlords who have a spare room in their home that they would like to rent out,” Libby said. “The owner and student each create a profile that details their lifestyle, interests, languages, sleeping habits, all of these things are put into their profile. Students can view owners, they can view their homes and apply for homes they are interested in, and the reverse is true. The owners can go to the same website and they can look at the profiles of the students, and if there are any that they want to help, then they can send them an invitation.
Libby said they do background checks, legal contracts and compatibility matches for students and landlords.
“We support everything,” he said. “We take care of rental contracts, automatic rent payment and also monthly support, so in case of any conflict or problem, we have a support system available.”
If you would like to rent a spare room to an approved student, visit www.happipad.com
Libby said the company also works with seniors and refugees in western Canada, hoping to expand this program to Ontario in the future.