The Residential Tenancies Act applies if you’re renting a place to live in, except in certain cases. The Act protects landlords and tenants, but not flatmates.

The Residential Tenancies Act (the Act):

  • covers the relationship between landlords and tenants
  • outlines their rights and responsibilities
  • provides a system for helping resolve tenancy disputes.

The Act protects tenants, not flatmates

A tenant is someone who rents a house from a landlord.

Sometimes a few people rent a house and live together, so they all sign the tenancy agreement and become tenants together. This means they’re all responsible for the tenancy and for meeting their responsibilities under the Act.

Anyone who lives at the property, but isn’t named on the tenancy agreement, is a flatmate. This means they’re not covered by the Act.

Flatmates’ rights

The Act covers boarding houses

Boarding houses are covered by the Act, but some special rules apply.

Boarding house tenancies

The Act doesn’t cover some types of living arrangements

Some types of living arrangements, like student accommodation, are not covered by the Act.

Who tenancy law doesn’t protect

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