A real estate agent has described the growing trend of “hot bedding” as a sign of the difficult property market.
TikToker Anya Ettinger (@aserealty) shared a real estate ad from someone who wants to rent half of their bed to someone else.
Warm bedding involves two strangers sharing a bed, typically to save on expensive rental costs.
The Toronto, Canada-based real estate agent posted an apparent post on Facebook Marketplace looking for someone to share his queen-sized bed for $900 Canadian (about $650) a month.
Her video showed an apartment listed as a “shared bedroom in a downtown lake view condo” and included images of the bed and bedroom.
The post said: “Looking for a relaxed WOMAN to share the master bedroom and the ONE QUEEN SIZE BED.”
Ettinger criticized the post, the practice and the price of the rental offer.
She said, “$900 a month to share, not even a king-size bed that you can comfortably put a pillow barrier on, or a queen-size bed with someone who isn’t your partner.”
“How does this work? Do you just like to go to bed and say ‘goodnight roommate’ and roll over?”
The real estate agent also asked the seller why he didn’t purchase and put up two single beds instead of a queen-size bed.
Ettinger used this post to complain about the current situation in her city’s rental market.
She said: “Just when you thought the rental market in Toronto couldn’t get any worse, it did.”
She later added: “No wonder so many people hate it here.”
The Facebook post has since been deleted, but Ettinger’s video went viral, garnering over 39,000 likes and over 1,600 comments.
Viewers used the comments to share their thoughts on the post and the practice.
One person said: “It can’t be worth living in Toronto. It just can’t be right.”
Another person said: “It’s CRAZY to pay to share a bed.”
One commenter felt inspired by the post and shared that he might adopt the practice himself.
They said, “That’s a good idea. I’ll try it with my new units.”