5 Jobs That Provide Rent-Free Living



If you love kids, working as a live-in nanny may be a great option for you.

According to the Nanny Salary and Benefits survey, the national average weekly pay is $652. However, rent-free living does come at a price.

Depending on the age of the child or children you’re caring for, you may be faced with many sleepless nights and the challenge of constantly being “on” and alert in a high-energy, high-responsibility environment.

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Estate Couples

With the rise of vacation homes among the wealthy, “estate couples” have come to fruition. It’s essentially a fancy term for a pair of live-in house caretakers, but instead of living in an average home, they'd live in a mansion.

The length of stay varies case by case, but the estate owners usually allow for you to stay year-round and for a good salary. For example, one listing on Careerbuilder.com offered $83,000 a year and health insurance. Other listings offered paid vacation, which is an added bonus to already living in a luxury property.

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Property Manager

Some property management positions come with a rent-free apartment. If you want to live in a big city, this can be a great way to live for free or pay a greatly reduced amount of rent.

For example, in New York City, where apartments are a dime a dozen, a law requires that a property manager must live on site in properties that house eight or more units. There's probably a better chance you could snag a position here because of the sheer number of apartment buildings in the city.

According to Salary.com, the average property manager salary ranges from $62,000 to $117,000 per year, which is in addition to living rent-free.

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If you have a passion for helping people and have a background in health care, becoming a caregiver could provide you with rent-free living. If you've been working at a hospital or health care facility and want a change in scenery, you could find a position working in someone's home.

There is a high demand for caregivers to move in with elderly people, making jobs like these  prevalent in big cities and small towns throughout the country.

According to myCNSjobs.com, the average live-in caregiver salary ranges from $160-$250 per day. A position like this would require you to work many hours, but you will not be paying any rent. During work days, food is likely provided for you by the client as well, therefore you can also save money on your food budget.

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World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms is a program that lets you to live for free in exchange for working on a farm. It’s a trade system offered in countries around the world.

If you love nature and want to avoid the hustle and bustle of the city, this would be a great opportunity to make some money while living in an environment you love. Through WWOOF, you earn food and living accommodations for working 4-6 hours per day.

There is a $30 fee to sign up for WWOOF.

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