Share homes and co-tenancies

The property manager/owner must give permission for everyone living at a rental property, even if they are not listed on the tenancy agreement as a tenant.

Co-tenancies

When two (2) or more people are named as tenants on a tenancy agreement they are known as co-tenants. You may also be a co-tenant if you replace someone who left a co-tenancy agreement. Co-tenants can be jointly, or individually, liable for all the rent.

Changing tenants

If a co-tenant leaves during the tenancy, they will need to get their share of the bond from the tenant moving in, or those remaining. They must also complete a Change of bond contributors (Form 6), and lodge it with the RTA. If all the tenants move out they need to complete a Refund of rental bond (Form 4).

Bond

Generally, all bonds must be lodged with the RTA , even when sub-letting or in boarder or lodger situations, failure to do so is an offence. All bond contributors must be listed on the form along with the amount paid.

Anyone receiving a bond must give a receipt to the person who pays the bond to them. This could be the property manager/owner or head-tenant.

Leaving the property

Before leaving a share home, tenants/co-tenants should pay their share of any costs for cleaning, damage or unpaid rent. Co-tenants can be jointly or individually responsible for the full cost of compensation owed to the property manager/owner if the tenancy agreement is breached.

Refund of rental bond (Form 4)
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The Refund of rental bond (Form 4) is used to request a rental bond refund from the Residential Tenancies Authority (RTA). This form should be completed when the tenancy agreement has ended.

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