Renting out a room in your home may be a little daunting. But it should be a fun interaction with like-minded and caring women who you feel comfortable with.
How do you know you will be compatible?
When you find an available room in the area you are interested in or if you are contacted by a woman interested in renting out your room ensure you do a couple of these things.
- Review their profile and get a feel for their interests and background.
- When responding to any communications ask relevant and pertinent questions that would help you decide if you are compatible.
- Meet at a coffee shop ( or have a facebook conference call ) before allowing access to the property to get a feel for compatibility. This is a great reason to show and discuss the tenancy agreement and house rules. This also allows you to see that the person is who they say they are.
- If all feels good discuss a viewing of the available room and signing of the tenancy agreement.
Tenancy Agreements, House Rules & Bonds
One of our primary suggestions is to protect yourself with a Tenant Agreement and House Rules or a Residential Tenancy Agreement . These benefit both the Home Owner and the Roomer and are not difficult to put in place. The Home Owner should always have a set of house rules that are provided to any prospective Roomer. This will protect both parties from misunderstandings and will set out the rights and obligations of everyone involved.
Additionally if you are taking bonds as part of your agreement you Must lodge those bonds with the right authority. See links below.
Note that although creating a Tenancy Agreement, a House Rules Agreement and lodging Bond money may sound daunting it is really a simple exercise. Each State has a required Tenancy Agreement you must use and a Bond lodgement process ( both Form and lodgement ) you must use.
The House Rules should be inserted into the additional terms section of the Tenancy Agreement and can be rules in regard to Guests, smoking,using shared facilities, parking, drinking, noise,keeping pets etc.
Please see below for each states requirement.
Each State Government has its own government rooming agreements that should be used and each Home Owner should ensure they have made themselves aware of their rights under the law in regard to Renting out a room.