duplexes, a concept which is gaining traction in India and Australia, are being snapped up by local residents.
Dubbed the “rental cafe”, the concept is essentially renting a room for a day and a half.
The basic premise is to give people a chance to stay in a rented apartment for as little as one week and then move out.
It works by allowing them to move out during their short stay.
“We are creating an opportunity for people to live in a small space, in their own house, with a bit of privacy and to have a little bit of freedom,” said Akshay Sharma, co-founder of The Rent Cafe.
Sharma, who also co-founded the rentable space, is a resident of the Indian city of Bangalore.
He said duplex houses were popular in India as a way to escape urban sprawl.
“The concept is to let people live in their home, and it allows them to spend more time with their families and friends,” Sharma said.
The concept of duplex has also caught on in Australia.
In Sydney, for example, there are currently more than 50 such duplex units available.
The rental of a duplex also allows residents to live as far apart as 10 kilometres from each other.
Sharma said they are being used for some of the most vulnerable in society.
“You can get a very good rent for a place, it’s just a matter of whether you can get it for your family,” he said.
In a report published by Housing and Urban Development, the US Department of Housing and Economic Development estimated the average cost of renting a dup in the US was $1,250.
Sharing a house and apartments is becoming increasingly common.
In 2015, Airbnb launched a feature to let users rent their homes out to guests.
The company recently said that it had more than 1 million hosts in the United States.
The Airbnb website lists the cheapest and most affordable rental units in the country.
It also lists a range of services that can be provided, including shared kitchens, shared showers and shared laundry.
“If you are an artist and you need to rent space, we offer you our studio for $250 per night and a studio for an extra $200,” Sharma told Al Jazeera.
Shayarma said there are many similarities between duplex and other rentals such as short-term apartments, which are available in small apartments or shared rooms.
“It’s a very low-cost, safe and simple way to live, which we see as a very effective way to get people to share space and apartments with each other,” he explained.
“There are many examples of this happening in India, in China and also the United Kingdom.”