Rental bonds and condition reports can give you peace of mind when taking in a housemate. It will also give the housemate peace of mind knowing they left the place in the same condition they found it.
Requesting a bond is reasonable and most housemates would expect it. However, depending on the type of rental, will depend on the type of bond.
The bond arrangements may differ depending on whether you own the place or are renting it from a landlord or agent.
If you're renting, ake sure you first enquire about being able to take in an additional tenant.
If you already have a bond in place, then you will need to add the new housemate to the RTBA bond details.
This differs from state to state. See the list below for more information about the Bond requirements in your state.
You may wish to do a condition report for their room and/or bathroom. If you have provided furniture make sure the condition of that is also included in the condition report.
See the list below for more information about Condition Reports in your local state.
NSW Condition Reports
Victoria Condition Reports
Queensland Condition Reports
Tasmania Condition Reports
Western Australia Condition Reports
South Australia Condition Reports
ACT Condition Reports
Northern Territory Condition Reports
The information provided is 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 the RTBA 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.