Flatmates - tenancy agreements

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Flatmates - tenancy agreements
Written by: Ron Reed

If you are considering a share house or flatmate arrangement, by posting a free ad on www.SeniorFlatmates.com.au you need to be aware of your legal responsibilities as a landlord or tenant, and protect yourself in case things don't go as well as you'd hoped. There are some great online resources, including a free online tenancy agreement which is customised according to the law of each state or territory - see the link below.

Each Australian state has it's own residential tenancy legislation and responsible agencies. There are free resources online to help understand your rights and obligations as a landlord or as a tenant, including standard form lease documents, and checklists to help clarify expectations and household responsibilities, so we have set out some useful links by state below.

Do some basic research and be aware of the legal basis for entering a lease agreement with any future flatmates. You might be categorised as a landlord, tenant, head-tenant, sub-tenant, co-tenant, lodger or boarder; and using a lease and other documents will ensure your rights and obligations are clear and avoid difficulties later on if there is any dispute.

If you are unsure, it's always best to get legal advice on your situation before you enter any agreement, and worth paying for to be on the safe side. Some states have free resources, see the links below.



New South Wales Fair Trading


Consumer Affairs Victoria

Tenants Union of Victoria

Queensland - Residential Tenancies Authority

South Australia - Government website

Western Australia - Department of Commerce

Tasmanian Government Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading

Tenants Union ACT 

Northern Territory Consumer Affairs


Don't forget you can easily post a free online ad to find a compatible flatmate on the new www.SeniorFlatmates.com.au website (these share ads run on the main Seniors Housing Online website as well, so they get good exposure.)




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