Sometimes, parties in a living arrangement are not covered by the Residential Tenancies Act (the Act) and decide they’d like to be covered.

To do this, they can make an agreement with each other stating that the Act will apply to their living arrangement. This is known as ‘contracting in’ to the Act.

Contracting in to the Act

If both parties want to ‘contract in’ to the Act they will need to discuss whether the whole Act or just certain sections of the Act will apply to their living arrangement.

Once both parties have reached this agreement they must have that agreement in writing for the Act or certain sections to cover their living arrangement. This written agreement should be signed and dated by both parties, and each should keep a copy.

Tenancy agreements has more information and templates you could use.

Who tenancy law protects

The Act applies to every tenancy for residential purposes (renting a place to live in), except in certain cases.

Who tenancy law protects has information about who is covered by the Act.

Who tenancy law doesn’t protect

Some types of living arrangements aren’t covered by the Act.

Who tenancy law doesn’t protect has more about types of living arrangements that aren’t covered by the Act.