Normally if the house is a principle place of residence for the owner of the property or landlord or any member of their family the Residential Tenancy Act doesn’t not apply. These are the situations where landlords live with flatmates or boarders or any people they invite to live with them.
Though there is a special provision in the Residential Tenancy Act, where landlords and their flatmates can choose to contract into the Residential Tenancy Act or even parts of it. This is normally done by completing a tenancy agreement.
In cases like this it is essential that all parties are aware what it means to opt in, what obligations they have and what is required of them to comply with the law.
It is important to include terms confirming what exactly everyone agreed to, how the Residential Tenancy Act (or what parts of it) will apply to this agreement.
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