What should I know about share-housing?

Unsure how to choose suitable housemates? Don't know your rights? Here are some tips.

Do you and your future housemates share compatible lifestyles?

  • Can you rely on them to pay their share of the bills?
  • Are you worried about facing their dirty dishes when cooking dinner?
  • Do you want to avoid "party houses"?

Follow these suggestions on how to check out potential housemates, and avoid lots of headaches.

Do you have strict cultural or dietary requirements? Make sure that you discuss these with your potential housemates. If you are a vegetarian, it will be easier to share a kitchen with housemates who share or at least understand your practices. Consider negotiating suitable arrangements with your housemates, such as separate cooking utensils and food storage. The UniSA Rental Database has a category for dietary requirements.

Are you aware of basic share-house legalities? Carefully consider your agreement options

  • a co-tenancy means that all the tenants' names are on the same residential tenancy agreement. In this case, you all share responsibility for the entire lease. One of the disadvantages of a co-tenancy is that the Tenancies Branch cannot help with housemate disputes, such as a housemate not paying their share of the rent
  • sub-letting means that each tenant is responsible for their own individual lease agreement with the landlord (or with the head-tenant, if you are sub-letting). This means that you cannot be held responsible for the actions of a housemate

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