Share housing agreement
If you rent part of a house or unit from another tenant – and they have a written tenancy agreement with the owner of the premises – then they are your head-tenant.
It is very important that you have a separate written agreement with your head-tenant. Without a written agreement, you will not have the protections of a tenant under NSW tenancy law.
If you are a head-tenant, having a separate written agreement means that the rules are clear and any disputes with other tenants can be resolved formally.
Note that a head-tenant needs written consent from their landlord to sub-let to another person. A landlord must not unreasonably refuse to give consent.
Secure your tenancy
Step 1 – Write up your own agreement.
Step 2 – Sign the agreement and give it to your head-tenant to sign. Keep a copy for yourself.
- Leaflet: Living in a Share House
- Poster: Living in a Share House
- Leaflet: Living in a Share House (Chinese)
- Poster: Living in a Share House (Chinese)
- Sample Share Housing Agreement (Chinese)
- Factsheet 15: Share housing
- Factsheet 18: Transfer and sub-letting
- Factsheet 14: Boarders and lodgers
- Factsheet 27: Boarding Houses Act
- Podcast episodes: Full house, and Tenants facing additional barriers part 1
- Easy Read fact sheet: When you live in a share house
- Boarding Houses resources
- International students resources
- The Share Housing Survival Guide (Redfern Legal Centre)
- Contact your local Tenants Advice and Advocacy Service if you need further advice.