Share Housing Booklet:
‘Crowded House: A legal guide to share housing in the ACT’
Group houses are very common, but the Residential Tenancies Act doesn’t talk about the issues that arise in them. It doesn’t explain what to do when one housemate wants to move out, or when one housemate causes damage or doesn’t pay their rent. The answers to these questions depend on how your house is set up – whether everybody is on the lease or only some people, and whether everybody has the owner’s consent to be there. The Tenants’ Union produced a Share Housing Booklet to deal with share housing issues. It explains different ways that a house can be set up, how obligations to the landlord are divided between you and your housemates, and the obligations that exist just between housemates. When you move into a share house, it’s important to be clear on your responsibilities to your landlord and housemates. If you’re on the lease with other tenants, make a written agreement as to how much of the rent/bills you each pay. When you move into a new place, find out whether the owner consents to you living there, and ask for evidence of that consent in writing. Read the share housing booklet for more information on ways to prevent and resolve disputes and to protect yourself in case they occur. Download below or request a hard copy using our Order Form.
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