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  • When taking in a housemate or moving into a new household you need to make sure that you have the right agreement in place.

    Is it a share house agreement or a tenancy lease?

    Firstly, if you are currently renting, you need to make sure that you have permission to have a housemate in your home.

    Some tenancy agreements will not allow you to sublet without the landlords approval.

    In some cases, a simple conversation requesting to have a housemate can be enough.

    The landlord may request they be on the lease or may leave that up to you.

    Either way, it's a good idea to have some form of agreement in place to ensure that everyone is on the same page and understands the terms of the house share arrangement.

    House share agreement

    This is a great option if you neither parties wants a lease arrangement or if it's a temporary or short-term arrangement. To make it easy for you, we have created a questionnaire that will help you form the right agreement for you.

    We have also created an editable House Share Agreement.pdf to help you create the right arrangement for your kind of house share.


    Tenancy lease

    Depending on which state your are in Australia, will depend on the tenancy lease you need to sign. Tenancy leases change from state to state. Just search for 'Tenancy Lease' in your state.

    If you are adding them to your existing tenancy lease, you may need to work through that with your landlord or agency.

    See the list below for the right tenancy agreement for your state.

    ACT-Tenancy-Agreement-2019.pdf

    NSW-Tenancy-Agreement-2020.pdf

    QLD-Tenancy-Agreement.pdf

    SA-Tenancy-Agreement.pdf

    VIC-Tenancy-Agreement-2021-VIC.pdf

    WA-Tenancy-Agreement.pdf



    The guides provided are to assist you to feel confident in the process of house sharing. Verbal agreements are not enough. You want to make sure that you have something in place to ensure you both agree on the terms of your house share. However, these are guides only and you should check the laws and regulations in your state in regard to house sharing. Also check any Tenancy Acts in your local state. We do not accept any liability that may arise from the guides that we provide. Please read our website terms and conditions for further information.