Co-tenancy (joint tenancy)

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About co-tenancy

In a co-tenancy, every tenant signs the lease and all tenants are equally responsible for paying rent and taking care of the property.

This also means that one individual can be held responsible for the actions of all tenants. For example, although all of the tenants are equally responsible, if rent is owing or the property is damaged and some tenants have moved out, responsibility falls on the remaining tenant(s).

If you live in a co-tenancy, certain legal issues may arise (for example, a dispute with another tenant about bills or changing details on the lease).

We do not conciliate disputes between tenants, nor does VCAT deal with such matters.

If you cannot resolve a dispute with your co-tenant, the Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria may be able to assist. For more information, visit the Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria website.

The bond in co-tenancies

In a co-tenancy, the bond amount is usually divided equally among the tenants.

If there is a change of tenant during the tenancy, the outgoing and incoming tenants should complete a Tenant Transfer form, which can be generated at the Residential Tenancies Bond Authority (RTBA) Online website.

You may also obtain a form by emailing rtba@justice.vic.gov.au or calling 1300 137 164. Calling this number costs the same as a local call. Additional charges may apply if you are calling from overseas, on a mobile or payphone.