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.   

Tenancy Agreements

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.

Queensland

The RTA is the Queensland Government statutory authority that administers the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008 (the Act). They provide tenancy information, bond management, dispute resolution, investigation, and education services.

General Tenancy Agreement : https://www.rta.qld.gov.au/~/media/Forms/Forms-for-general-tenancies/RTA-general-tenancy-agreement-form18a.pdf?la=en

Bonds : https://www.rta.qld.gov.au/Forms-and-publications/Fact-sheets/General-tenancy-fact-sheets/Rental-bonds-fact-sheet.html 

This link provides information on what can be charged in regard to Bonds and how to lodge bonds online.

Additional Links

Share homes and co-tenancies information:  https://www.rta.qld.gov.au/Renting/Before-you-rent/Types-of-tenancy-agreements/Share-homes-and-cotenancies

Covid-19 Additional temporary rules: https://www.rta.qld.gov.au/Forms-and-publications/Educational-resources/RTA-responds.html

New South Wales

NSW Fair Trading is the NSW Government statutory authority that provides the Residential Tenancies Agreements.  They provide tenancy information, bond management, dispute resolution, investigation, and education services.  The NSW Government Legislation Website houses the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 No42 (the Act).

General Tenancy Agreement : https://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/608380/Standard-Residential-Tenancy-Agreement.pdf

Bonds : https://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/housing-and-property/renting/rental-bonds-online

Additional Links

Housing and Property Renting information :  https://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/housing-and-property/renting

Covid-19  additional temporary rules : https://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/resource-library/publications/coronavirus-covid-19/property/moratorium

Victoria

Consumer Affairs Victoria is the Government statutory authority that administers the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 (the Act). They provide tenancy information, dispute resolution, investigation, and education services.  The Residential Tenancies Bond Authority manages Bond collection and returns.

In Victoria in a boarding situation, a person rents a room in a home, and lives with the home owners.

The boarder and home owner have a private agreement, which covers the products and/or services the owner is to provide in exchange for rent. Such agreements do not fall under the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 (the Act), but may fall under certain provisions of the Australian Consumer Law. For more information, view our Contracts page.

However, a boarder and home owner may sign a tenancy agreement for rented premises. In this case the boarder becomes a ‘tenant’ under the Act and the home owner a ‘landlord’. Each then has the same rights and duties under the Act as in other tenancy situations.

 

Residential Tenancy Agreement : https://www.consumer.vic.gov.au/housing/renting/types-of-rental-agreements/lease-agreements-or-contracts

Bonds : https://rentalbonds.vic.gov.au/Bond/Lodgment/Begin

Additional Links

Additional Bond information: https://www.consumer.vic.gov.au/housing/renting/rental-bond-information

Housing and Property Renting information :  https://www.consumer.vic.gov.au/housing/renting

Covid-19  additional temporary rules : https://www.consumer.vic.gov.au/library/publications/housing-and-accommodation/renting/rent-relief-process-for-residential-tenancies.pdf

Australian Capital Territory

Access Canberra is the  Government site that provides the Residential Tenancies Agreements.  They provide tenancy information, bond management, dispute resolution, investigation, and education services.  The ACT Government Legislation Website houses the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 (the Act).

General Tenancy Agreement : https://www.accesscanberra.act.gov.au/ci/fattach/get/401026/1583212885/redirect/1/filename/Standard-Tenancy-Agreement.pdf

Bonds : https://www.revenue.act.gov.au/rental-bonds?result_1060955_result_page=1

Additional Links

Housing and Property Renting information :  https://www.accesscanberra.act.gov.au/app/answers/detail/a_id/77/~/residential-tenancies

Covid-19  additional temporary rules : https://www.accesscanberra.act.gov.au/app/answers/detail/a_id/77/kw/covid-19

Northern Territory

Northern Territory Consumer Affairs is the Government statutory authority that administers the Residential Tenancies Act 1999 (the Act). They provide tenancy information, bond information, dispute resolution, investigation, and education services.

General Tenancy Agreement : Northern Territory Consumer Affairs does not provide a free tenancy agreement. The agreement must be purchased from the Realestate Institute of Northern Territory REINT  : https://buy.nt.reiformslive.com.au

Bonds information: https://consumeraffairs.nt.gov.au/for-consumers/younger-territorians/renting/the-bond

Additional Links

Housing and Property Renting information :  https://consumeraffairs.nt.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/668189/a_guide_to_renting_in_the_NT_2018.pdf

Covid-19  additional temporary rules : https://consumeraffairs.nt.gov.au/rental-changes-due-to-covid-19

South Australia

The South Australian Government website provides the Residential Tenancies Agreements.  They provide tenancy information, bond management, dispute resolution, investigation, and education services.  The SA Government Legislation Website houses the Residential Tenancies Act 1995 (the Act).

General Tenancy Agreement : https://www.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/17483/Fixed_term_lease_agreement.pdf

Bonds : https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/housing/renting-and-letting/residential-bonds/residential-bonds-online-service  or

https://www.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/23300/bond-lodgement-form.pdf

Additional Links

Housing and Property Renting information :  https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/housing/renting-and-letting/renting-privately/forms-and-fact-sheets-for-private-rental-tenancies

Covid-19  additional temporary rules : https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/school-and-community/housing-and-in-the-community

Western Australia

The Western Australian Government website provides the Residential Tenancies Agreements.  They provide tenancy information, bond management, dispute resolution, investigation, and education services.  The WA Government Legislation Website houses the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 (the Act).  

Note that Boarders and lodgers are a special group of home-dwellers in terms of the WA law. As they are not tenants, they are not covered by the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 but instead have rights under common law provisions.  All written tenancy agreements must be done using the Residential tenancy agreement (Form 1AA). Whether the agreement is written or verbal, a tenant must also be given the ‘Information for tenant‘ sheet.

General Tenancy Agreement : https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/sites/default/files/atoms/files/rtagreeform1aa.pdf

Bonds : https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/consumer-protection/lodging-bond

Additional Links

Housing and Property Renting information :  https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/consumer-protection/renting-home

https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/sites/default/files/atoms/files/boardersandlodgersdl.pdf

Additional Bond information: https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/consumer-protection/bonds

Covid-19  additional temporary rules : https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/consumer-protection/residential-tenancies-covid-19-response

Tasmania

General Tenancy Agreement : Residential Tenancy Agreement  (Download Document)

Bonds : https://www.cbos.tas.gov.au/topics/housing/renting/bonds/bond-lodgement-and-paying-a-bond-contribution

This link provides information on what can be charged in regard to Bonds and how to lodge bonds online.

Additional Links

Share homes and co-tenancies information :  https://www.cbos.tas.gov.au/topics/housing/renting

Covid-19 Additional temporary rules: https://www.cbos.tas.gov.au/newsroom/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/residential-tenancies-covid-19-emergency-provisions