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Head of Legal (Fractional)

$65k - $75k / 0.40% - 0.80%
Job Type
3+ years
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About the role

About us:

HomeRoom is Y Combinator backed residential real estate marketplace that simplifies remote investing and streamlines affordable renting. Our platform currently has over 1,000 units in 31 cities across 6 major metros. We’ve housed thousands of people in HomeRooms, and we expect to house tens of thousands by 2025.

Take a virtual tour of one of our homes here --> https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=VV2G8KBxmMk

Our vision:

We want to be in every major metro in the US in the next five years.

We believe cities are best when people can actually afford to live there, and our goal is to be an instrumental part of housing innovation to make that happen at scale. We move incredibly fast while remaining dedicated to our mission - to change the way people rent.

Working here:

We have a high bar and a bias for action, which has enabled us to expand rapidly. Our team spans 12 countries across 4 continents, each person bringing a passion and grit to build technology that impacts people's lives.

We are looking for a General Counsel. This role will build a repository of local codes and regulations around rental properties and analysis of how they apply to coliving. You will also build a playbook for navigating these regulations and responding to any communication from cities and other regulators.


As the General Counsel, you will be a brilliant and creative legal generalist and an excellent problem-solver. We're a startup that covers a lot of legal ground from land use & zoning to technology to fundraising to business law. We don't expect you to know it all since we're building something new, but you'll need to be a really quick study who can help us untangle a variety of legal issues.

You'll need to be able to research legal questions quickly to keep us out of harm's way, or at least to the extent possible. You'll need to be a bulldog, a hound dog, or an emotional support dog depending on the day, and you'll need to be able to consult with our partners in other states on how they can stay in sync with us. You'll also need to write a playbook for legal operations in various jurisdictions.

You'll also have to get used to not wearing a suit. . .maybe ever.


City Litigation & Emergency Response

Address any legal issues needing immediate attention around code-related, resident-related, or corporate issues in an expedient way. Use creativity to enable continued operations of co-living homes that receive attention from cities through any legal means necessary Sourcing the correct outside Counsel to lead litigation as needed to enable continued operations of co-living properties

Jurisdictional Research

Draft and structure "playbooks" that inform local partners in these jurisdictions on the operating strategies for HomeRoom's growth in said jurisdiction Research and evaluate legally viable operating models in each jurisdiction for affordable co-living Connects with city or state officials around the country to determine their interpretation of codes related to HomeRoom's operation in the local jurisdictions

Corporate Governance and Coordinated Legal Representation

Serve as the voice of legal authority in executive strategy discussions. Coordinate with other attorneys and firms engaged by HomeRoom around the country Attend board meetings and record meeting notes

Contract Administration / Negotiation

Evaluates and draft contracts and leases with owners, agreements with members, & MOUs with partners, and revises as needed Serves as the primary point of contact regarding contract negotiation on larger partnerships

Required Qualifications

JD Active bar license in at least one state Experience in real estate and real estate investing 3+ years of litigation experience

Preferred Qualifications:

Currently, live in Texas (DFW preferred) At least 2 years experience as general counsel or head of legal


Like other early-stage startup roles - this role will include a mix of generous stock compensation, demanding working hours, and subpar benefits and salary. We realize that mix is a great fit for some and a bad fit for others. If you're in the "great fit" category - we'd love to talk to you.

About the interview

Our interview process has 2 main components:

  1. 3 individual interviews with the CEO, Legal advisor, City Relations advisor
  2. A take home write up the assignment due within 36 hours of receipt

Why you should join HomeRoom

HomeRoom is a two-sided residential real estate marketplace for room by room rentals. We help our rental investors make 50% more rent and our tenants save 50% on rent.

Our mission is to solve the affordable housing crisis. Rents throughout the US are way too high, and we believe increasing rental utilization of existing assets is critical in solving the crisis.

Rents with Homeroom are typically 50% less than a 1 bedroom apartment in the same area. We're crazy passionate about up-leveling the experience for everyone- owners AND renters.

Team Size:25
Location:San Jose, CA
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