Living with Friends or a Partner

If you are renting a property with friends or your partner, or a complete stranger you need to make sure that everyone’s name is on the lease. This means everyone will have an obligation to pay the rent, contribute to the bond and keep the property in a good condition.

When sharing a house it is important to be clear with each other about visitors, noise, cleaning and respecting each others space. If you are sharing costs you should have a system of making sure everyone contributes and pays their fair share.

Differences between states

Northern Territory

For useful information on your rights and responsibilities in a share house, you can contact the Tenants Advice Service on 1800 812 953 or visit the Darwin Commmunity Legal Service websites to view their online fact sheets.

NSW

For useful information on your rights and responsibilities in a share house, you can contact the Tenants NSW website for factsheets on share housing.

Victoria

South Australia

The Government of South Australia have produced an online fact sheet about co-tenancies.

Tasmania

For more information, you can contact Tenants’ Union of Tasmania, or check out their online fact sheet here.