A shared tenancy is when more than one person is named as tenant on a residential tenancy agreement. At some point or another, one or more co-tenants may want to make changes to the agreement. So, what needs to be done?
According to Queensland legislation, co-tenants are responsible for the rent and care of the property as group and as individuals. The first step is making sure these changes are agreed to by all parties in writing.
A common change to the agreement is where at least on of the current tenants is staying, but there is a request to either remove a co-tenant from the agreement, add a new one or both.
The steps to take would involve:
- seeking lessor instructions
- processing an application form for any new tenants
- ensuring new tenants confirm acceptance of the original entry condition report and tenancy agreement
- ensuring the vacating tenant returns the keys and the new tenant signs in acceptance of those keys
- ensuring all tenants are aware of their rights and obligations
- facilitating RTA Form 6 Change of Shared Tenancy Agreement
- updating records