Being a tenant
Living with others
It is impossible to know for sure if your chosen accommodation or people you are sharing with are right for you. You can however discuss your concerns with your landlord or housemates before the tenancy begins and look at ways to overcome possible dilemmas. For instance, make agreements regarding bills, rent/board, cleaning, using one another’s furniture and length of tenancy prior to starting the tenancy. This will minimise conflict as much as possible and will provide something to help resolve conflict as it arises.
Leasing and subletting
- Subletting is a situation where there is a person who is renting a property from a landlord and then this person rents out part of the property to another person.
- Someone who is subletting may not have the same rights as someone who is leasing from the landlord.
- If you are going into a sublet situation, make sure that there is written permission from the landlord. Ideally, all tenants should be on the lease because sublet situations can be complicated.
- Before you move in or sign the lease, contact the Tenants Union on 94162577 to be sure that your situation is legal and to verify your rights.
Sharing furniture and household goods
- When you share with others, sometimes this involves sharing furniture such as couches, fridges, washing machines etc.
- You need to work out with your housemates who is bringing what to the house and care must be taken when using other people’s belongings.
- If you find that as a household you have minimal furniture, you may be able to get assistance from charitable organisations, such as St Vincent D’Paul, The Brotherhood of St Laurence, The Smith Family and The Salvation Army (see appendix 5 for contact details).
- Look around at op-shops and garage sales and let family and friends know that you are starting out - sometimes this encourages family and friends to spring clean and give away extra or unused household goods.