Our Housemate Agreement
We have entered a tenancy agreement with respect to (address)______________________.
We agree that this document represents a binding agreement among us with respect to our tenancy from (start) ___________________20__ to (end of term)
___________________20___. We further agree that, if the provisions of this document conflict with our rights and obligations under the tenancy agreement and/or the Residential Tenancies Act of Ontario, the provisions of the tenancy agreement and/or the Residential Tenancies Act shall prevail.
We agree that our obligation to pay rent for the premises will be apportioned as follows:
We agree that our obligation to pay other costs associated with our tenancy will be apportioned as follows (specify any limitations if the unit is occupied by fewer than the full complement of tenants; e. g: housemate goes on exchange, one housemate spends non-academic year in Waterloo)
NATURAL GAS: _____________________________________________
ELECTRICITY : _____________________________________________
CABLE TELEVISION: _____________________________________________
ADDITIONAL (specify): _____________________________________________
We agree that we shall use the rooms in the premises as follows in the house rules. Additional house rules are written on the back. They may include issues like overnight guests, use of illegal substances, use of washrooms, use of parking space, handling of garbage, regular meetings, ways to deal with conflicts, etc.
We agree that all housemates will adhere to the conditions agreed upon, in
an effort to provide a good living environment for all.
- Household cleaning duties shall be:
A. allocated by a work-wheel.
B. agreed upon by a weekly/monthly schedule.
C. permanently assigned.
D. dishes are the responsibility of the individual user but cannot be left dirty more than 24 hours.
2. The level of tidiness of common areas will be:
A. personal stuff gets picked up daily plus dusted and vacuumed/mopped weekly
B. food and beverages get picked up right away but the rest can wait until cleaning day
C. clean when we agree it needs it but spills get dealt with immediately
D. everything but dirty laundry is tolerated.
- The playing of recorded music, musical instruments, T.V. or yelling:
A. will not be allowed after ____ or before ____ to allow for rest and studying.
B. is unrestricted by time, but at agreed upon volume levels.
C. is unrestricted, with a friendly signal for quiet.
- The buying & consumption of food shall be dealt with such that:
A. eat whatever you find in the cupboards or fridge regardless of who paid for it.
B. all goods are purchased during group excursions and the cost and use is shared.
C. all food is purchased, labelled, stored and consumed separately.
D. specific items are agreed upon to be common (i.e. milk, butter, toilet paper etc.) and paid for by a house fund, the rest is personal.
5. Guests (partners, friends, & study groups) will follow guidelines such that:
A. their messes, utilities and meals are the responsibility of their host.
B. their activities adhere to the house constitution.
C. their visits, especially large groups are given consent by a house majority beforehand.
D. the more, the merrier!
6. Smoking of any substance in the unit is:
Not allowed under any circumstances, including guests, according to the lease. Smoke outside with the door closed and dispose of butts in receptacles or garbage.
7. When it comes to personal belongings (clothes, books, toiletries, etc.):
A. they will be regarded as personal, not household, property and are not up for borrowing.
B. borrowing will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
C. they are now part of the general household belongings and require no permission.
8. The substitution of one housemate for another will be: (Note: all substitutions must be approved by the landlord)
A entirely the responsibility and cost of the departing housemate.
B advertised at the cost of the departing housemate but chosen by the remaining housemates
with no reasonable sublet or assignment refused
C there will be no substitutions regardless of the circumstances. We worked hard selecting compatible housemate
and we aren’t prepared to live with a stranger
D welcomed for a probationary month to ensure they “fit” in the house
9. Household rules:
A. will be modified during the year with the agreement of all of the housemates.
B. will not be modified during the year.
We agree that each housemate is responsible for his/her own portion of the rent and other expenses, pursuant to paragraphs #1 and #2, above, until the tenancy agreement terminates. We further agree that, should any housemate prematurely vacate for any reason, he or she is required to provide payment directly to the remaining housemates for rent and other such expenses until a suitable subtenant is found, pursuant to item #8 above or until the tenancy agreement terminates.
Dated this __________ day of ________________, 20___.
We acknowledge that we have read this document and agreed to the terms and conditions it contains. We further acknowledge that we have each receive a copy of this document, as well as a copy of any written tenancy agreement.
1 ___________________________ Witness____________________________
2 ___________________________ Witness____________________________
3 ___________________________ Witness____________________________
4 ___________________________ Witness____________________________
5 ___________________________ Witness____________________________
Each housemate gets a photocopy of this dated, signed agreement as well as any amendments made during the tenancy!