Share House Disputes
Share house arrangements are also known as co-tenancies The Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) does not prescribe remedies to settle disputes between housemates in a share house. Unfortunately, neither the Tenants Union of Victoria (TUV) nor the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) can assist with co-tenancy disputes.
Disagreements are a part of human relationships and will occur from time to time in a share house. Disputes can be minimised when housemates make clear arrangements about issues such as rent, utility payments, chores, guests and other issues that are likely to arise when sharing a house or apartment.
For tips on creating a harmonious share house, have a look at the TUV's leaflet 'Keeping the 'mates' in housemates'.
If you need assistance to settle a dispute in your share house, it may be useful to get some advice or mediation. Make an appointment to talk to one of our Student Housing Advisers or contact the Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria.
The University's Counselling and Psychological Services can also help.