Friends – how many is too many?

Full House – it’s not a winning hand in the rental game

Tenants are risking breaching their tenancy agreement by having too many people sharing a house intended to accommodate a limited number.

The tenancy agreement is a binding contract between the property manager/owner and tenant/s whereby it is agreed how many people would occupy the premises.

The tenant/s undertake to limit the amount of people in the house, and the property manager/owner has the right to know and approve the people living in the property. The approval has to be given in writing.

So, tenants should think about the ramifications of inviting mates, girlfriends, boyfriends, relatives or others to live in their rental property without seeking approval from the manager/owner.

Overloaded properties can also flout local council by-laws and attract the attention of authorities such as the Fire Brigade.

If the premises was overloaded the property manager/owner could seek the eviction of the tenants.

If the property manager/owner hasn’t approved the number of people living at the property, as recorded on the lease agreement, they can issue a Notice to Remedy Breach to the tenant.

The Residential Tenancies Authority’s (RTA) dispute resolution service or the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) is also available to settle disputes.

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