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What you need to do if you need to self-isolate and live in a shared rented home with others.

First published:
18 May 2020
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If you live in a shared house, you must tell those you live with if you:

Coronavirus symptoms or need to self-isolate

You should avoid shared spaces such as kitchens, bathrooms and sitting areas as much as possible.

You can reduce the risk of infecting others by:

  • cleaning regularly shared spaces such as kitchens, bathrooms and living rooms (including all surfaces)
  • keeping shared spaces well ventilated
  • using a separate bathroom  from others, if possible
  • use your own toothbrush
  • cleaning the toilet and bathroom every time you use them
  • drawing up a bathroom rota (you may be the last to use the bathroom)
  • avoiding using the kitchen when others are, and take meals to your room
  • cleaning the area you have used with an anti-bacterial cleaning fluid
  • using a dishwasher, (if you have one) to clean dishes and cutlery
  • using washing up liquid and warm water to clean dishes and cutlery, drying thoroughly (do not share tea towels)
  • using separate cups and glasses (including in the bathroom and bedroom), dishes, drinks, towels, washcloths and bed linen
  • keeping 2 metres away from others, whether inside or outside

Cleaning service

If you have an agreed cleaning service, you and your landlord or letting agent need to agree an alternative process.


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