This interview was originally conducted by Ajay Kumar of The Housemonk and was shared to us by Ricardo Neves, founder of Oka Coliving. You can also find some of Oka's guidelines in a recent Facebook post here.
Not much, as we are a long stay coliving, before the pandemic started, we already had occupancy at our normal level of over 95% rate in our 50 rooms.
No, but we started to receive request for rent discount regarding the next months. We believe 15% of our members will request a rent ease and we are offering 50% rent discount for the next 2 months.
Not much, our deliveries our monthly based, and only for cleaning materials. We do not provide any other products inside our coliving experience
We have big groups of people sharing each coliving structure, our 4 colivings are one building of 21 rooms and 3 penthouse's of 13 rooms, 11 rooms and 5 rooms. All sharing the same common areas, in a daily basis. We have a challenge to adapt the physical structure but also to implement a behaviour change in our members experience.
As the business perspective, we will start a conversation with our 4 landlords for a discount of 50% in the next 3 months, anticipating vacancy due to economic unrest.
In the coliving housing experience, we implemented a safety and health protocol, made all members virtual talk about it and all members had t sign it, the conditions are:
Is not only bad news and rules, we have done cool and fun stuff too, an online slam poetry gig and online group meditation, Oka members only. Nonetheless, as a new business model inspiration, I think this moment will open a great opportunity to create a different model to sustain the coliving core concept. I'm eager to see and (be involved with) a new bread of coliving companies, such as:
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