A growing and growing proportion of households are roommate situations. The Housing Tenancy Act has shortcomings when it applies to roommates: legal issues related to subletting and shared tenancy; insufficient paperwork; lack of awareness of legal possibilities; and the lack of protection and ways forward if things go wrong. “Joint tenants” are tenants who live in the same rental unit, but have separate rental agreements with the landlord. For example, a landlord can rent single rooms in a house under separate agreements. In this type of roommate setup, you are only responsible for your own behavior. If another tenant doesn`t pay their rent on time or decides to move, it has no legal impact on your tenancy. Sharing the common space in this way can be an effective way to get a more advantageous rent without having to sign an agreement with another person. However, the downside of this type of setup is that your landlord may not consult with you when selecting your roommates. This is something that needs to be discussed upstream. If you are not an animal lover and your roommate has chosen to buy a pet, how will you manage it? Disputes between tenants: Disputes between tenants are not covered by the Residential Tenancy Act (RTA) and cannot be resolved through the RTB (Residential Tenancy Branch). A frequent argument can occur when a roommate arrives late with their portion of the rent and the other roommates are forced to pay the difference to avoid eviction.
From a legal point of view, this type of monetary dispute should be settled by the Small Claims Court, the Civil Resolution Tribunal or the BC Supreme Court. Roommates can have a big influence on the success of your lease and your happiness in your rental situation. The more information you have before establishing a cohabitation relationship with someone, the better willing you are to do things smoothly and know how to handle things when something goes wrong. It`s a good idea to prepare your roommate contract before signing a lease. If you don`t agree on anything, it may be a sign that this agreement won`t work. Ideally, you can both sign the colocation agreement and the lease at the same time.. . .