How to Mitigate COVID-19 in Rental Households?

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Santa Barbara has many homes that are shared by more than one resident. In fact, many reside in shared-living situations or are families renting a room to supplement income. So what are people doing to lessen the impact of Covid19 in the home?

There are so many things to consider on how best to keep the house disease free. It's especially difficult when certain people in a shared home have a totally different attitude then others in the house.

My experience is that we're doing everything we can to keep the house clean and practicing all the safe social distancing and hygiene protocols. However, our roommate remains carefree and also works at a grocery store. This daily exposure to people and the lack of taking this as serious as we are is really concerning.

So what are other people doing? Are people having "family conversations" as to go over the "new house rules"? What's the best way to enforce those rules without destroying relationships? All comments appreciated.

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a-1590956556 Mar 24, 2020 07:05 AM
How to Mitigate COVID-19 in Rental Households?

There are 9 comments so far, yet only one addresses the topic. Interesting how so many comments run down some alternative path somewhere. Anyway, for us, our renters were a bit flippant and careless so we did have a conversation with them. Like we expected it was a bit awkward at first, but we were able to convey the need to do little things differently. Like wiping down handles, keeping doors closed and being as considerate as possible when it comes to protective coughing, etc. What's interesting is it seems to be a more general respect that's emerging which may be here to say. We hope so. It goes both ways and is are all in this together.

a-1590956556 Mar 23, 2020 07:10 PM
How to Mitigate COVID-19 in Rental Households?

Sick people quarantined elsewhere. Period. It's how China cut the epidemic down. Say whatever you want about China. It's more than likely true. That said what they did stopped this virus in it's tracks. It's what we need to to. Why? So everyone else in the home don't get sick. That is where 70-80% of the cases came from. People living together.

drellim Mar 23, 2020 06:21 PM
How to Mitigate COVID-19 in Rental Households?

if you have some one working at a grocery store well they are the new fire men That is helpful to your home better than most as I see it be thankful not afraid Godspeed

Minibeast Mar 23, 2020 11:44 AM
How to Mitigate COVID-19 in Rental Households?

As of about six hours ago (time now is 12 noon Monday, 3/23/20), loss of sense of smell/taste “has emerged as telltale sign of Covid-19.” This according to New York Times and other sources.

a-1590956556 Mar 24, 2020 07:17 AM
How to Mitigate COVID-19 in Rental Households?

Be careful here. This is from a reporter for the NYT who claimed he and his wife have COVID19. As he was describing their symptoms, he said his wife had lost her sense of smell. He then went on to say that after a few days her sense of smell came back. He then suggested he was 2 days behind her and maybe he'd lose his? He was being literally sensational. So yeah, when you get a cold, your nose clogs and your sense of smell goes away for a while. You don't lose it.

a-1590956556 Mar 23, 2020 11:09 AM
How to Mitigate COVID-19 in Rental Households?

I rent 3 rooms out of my house and let me tell you, it is REALLY stressful right now with covid. They aren't as clean as I would like them to be and 2 of them are young and think that they are invincible. Evicting them right now is really not an option because two got laid off. This would be a GREAT time to live alone, sure wish that was my situation.

a-1590956556 Mar 23, 2020 11:46 AM
How to Mitigate COVID-19 in Rental Households?

I suppose you could follow him around the common areas with a disinfectant spray bottle showering him and everything he touches making it clear just how important you feel about this.

a-1590956556 Mar 23, 2020 10:05 AM
How to Mitigate COVID-19 in Rental Households?

I'm not completely positive, but I believe that if these supplemental renters have been there for a certain period (30 days or more???) and have paid rent, that is their legal residence, and cannot be given the boot.....you'd have to have them evicted.

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