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Ageism. The one prejudice we arent afraid to flaunt: Teitel

Elle Gallagher is the perfect roommate. She pays her bills on time, she’s neat “without being a freak,” she’s an excellent cook, she doesn’t mind if you smoke a joint on the back patio, and she knows how to fix a dishwasher. If I needed a roommate, I would ask her to move in with me tomorrow.Yet despite her excellent cohabitation credentials, Gallagher, a Toronto resident who works two part-time jobs — one in child care and another as a virtual assistant — has had an exceedingly tough time finding a roommate. And she thinks she knows exactly why. Gallagher is 59, an age she believes scares off many people in the Toronto rental market, where those living in shared spaces skew much younger.Article Continued BelowGallagher wrote about her predicament recently on Bunz Home Zone, a popular Facebook forum where millennial-aged Torontonians post apartment listings and grievances about negligent landlords. It’s rare, however, that they read a grievance about themselves. “I know I can’t be the only one over 40/50 years of age looking for a shared situation,” Gallagher wrote on Bunz. “But it seems that almost every (rental) ad has the caveat of “20-30 age group.” She’s right. Take a cursory look at any site advertising apartment rentals or sublets in Toronto and the phrases “seeking roommate in 20s-30s” and “perfect for college student or young couple” are everywhere.

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