The Challenge: Finding a Roommate During a Pandemic

Most people spent the spring trying to stay as far away from strangers as possible. But for renters like Elizabeth Merritt and Michael Daly, who needed to find roommates in the midst of the pandemic, moving in with someone they had never met was part of the reality of living in New York, global health crisis or not.

At any other time, an in-person meetup would be standard before agreeing to become roommates. And under normal circumstances, two busy professionals sharing an apartment might cross paths only on evenings and weekends. But the pandemic meant they would be spending most of their waking hours in the same space.

Katherine Marks for The New York Times

Most people spent the spring trying to stay as far away from strangers as possible. But for renters like Elizabeth Merritt and Michael Daly, who needed to find roommates in the midst of the pandemic, moving in with someone they had never met […]

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