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Roommate for hire: Coquitlam man will pay you to live in his home

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Lauren Sundstrom Oct 25, 2016 5:47 am 90,185

A Coquitlam man with a unique set of circumstances is looking for a roommate that he says he will pay $1,500 a month to live with him.

Brice Royer, 32, is a cancer survivor who now lives with chronic fatigue syndrome, a medical condition that limits his ability to do daily tasks. While he does have professional caregivers, he needs a roomie who is willing to cook, clean, and provide companionship.

“There’s no personal care involved for this,” Royer tells Daily Hive. “It’s basically just a housemate, but I call it a professional housemate because it’s someone who needs to be respectful and is open to get compensated to cook, clean, and offer company.”

Royer is offering a free bedroom to the special candidate and free use of his home, as long as they’re available between the hours of 2:30 to 8:30 pm.

“That would just be for being around keeping me company,” says Royer. “There’s no actual work.”

The person applying for this position will need to have the right personality, however.

“Compassionate. It would be ideal for a holistic health person or a student or somebody who really feels inspired by this,” he says. “It’s really sad that there’s such a lack of housing available, and yet there’s so many people who have disabilities or seniors who are living alone and need company or a helping hand.”

“I thought it would be nice to pair the both,” he adds.

Royer is already interviewing people, including one man who heard about it through word-of-mouth, and offered to be his companion on a volunteer basis.

However, the right candidate will win – even if Royer has to pay them.

There will be a Craigslist ad posted soon, but in the meantime, inquiries can be sent to [email protected]


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Lauren Sundstrom
Lauren is a former staff writer at Daily Hive. She's a graduate of BCIT's Broadcast and Online Journalism program.

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