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Happy Rent Freedom Day Manhattan!

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If you live in Manhattan, congratulations, you’ve just paid your rent for the whole year (and even if you don't read on to find out how you could).

OK, hands up - we know, you haven’t really just paid your rent off, but today marks an important day for Manhattanites. Today is Rent Freedom Day.

What does that mean? Simple – if the average Manhattan roommate started the year putting all their take home pay towards rent, it would have taken till now to pay it off. That means May 17th is the first day of the year you’d be working just for yourself.

That’s a massive chunk of your life spent working just to pay the rent.

But what if every day was Rent Freedom Day?

Live Rent Free competition

Someone's about to get the chance to find out, thanks to SpareRoom’s Live Rent Free competition. It’s exactly what it sounds like – we’re going to pay one flatmate’s rent for a whole year. Yep, you heard right.

What would you spend the money on? The trip of a lifetime? Starting a business? Clearing your credit card debt?

These are some of our favourite responses so far!

"I would always order guacamole when I had a burrito (even though it costs more)"

"See all the broadway shows... ALL of them"

"Buy flights to South America as I really want to go to Costa Rica and hold a baby sloth"

If you want to find out what happened to the last person we gave a whole year's rent to, check out our blog post (*spoiler alert - this link does not include baby sloths or guacamole*)

So, what are you waiting for? Enter Live Rent Free now to be in with a chance of winning. Oh, and happy Rent Freedom Day!

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