Shared living can be a great experience if approached with care and with clear communications.

Since 2016 I have experienced a household with much drama and a household where the house was clean, housemates pleasant and able to speak their mind. I prefer the later.


To reach this goal I created the Renter's Guide.  Since I host international students from time to time they have a slightly different process; steps 6/7.


As a person inquiring about a room please see steps 1 and 2 and then let me know 3 times/days* good for you.  Usually I can reply with a time/date and then you confirm. That's 3 messages instead of several.

Good/clean people: I know many people are good/clean people. But, without a process a house can soon spiral downward.  With a process, the house 1. stays pleasant 2. communication is fast and clear and 3. problems are solved quickly.  I like to say that the Renter's Guide is where common sense meets reality.  I hope the environment I provide is a match for you and your goals.

*Times/days: usually a viewing takes around 30 minutes: please give me the time you will arrive and the time you must depart. Example, 15th from 2pm-5pm.  This way I can schedule the thirty minutes within your timeframe.

For locals:

1. View Matt's

     A. Introduction

     B. Some added clarity

     C. FAQs

     D. Past stories making the house what it is now

2. View Renter's Guide

       West Seattle --> Mi Casita

       South Seattle-->Casa de Vida

3. Contact me introducing yourself

4. View property

5. Review contract

6. Reference check: any three

     current/past employer; current/past landlord,

     mentor, counselor, teacher. (No family/friends/coworkers)

7. Background/credit check (>600)

      use this link and choose "Gold Package"

8. Sign contract and pay holding deposit

9. Before or on move in, receive room key,

    pay 1st, deposit ($500), join House

    group on Messenger

10. Move in and receive front door code

For visa holders coming from abroad:

1-6 Same as for locals

7. Passport page/visa/school or work documents

      sending an image is alright

8-10 Same as for locals

For those striving to

get to the next step