If your name is the only one nominated on the lease (residential tenancy agreement) then you are a head-tenant. If you are one of a number of people listed on the lease then each of you are co-tenants. The head-tenant and co-tenants all share the same rights and responsibilities under a lease.

Your Rights

  • To start the tenancy with the premises in a reasonable condition (clean and fit to live in and meet all health and safety requirements).
  • To be given a copy of the lease.
  • To be given rent receipts if you pay rent in person.
  • To be given appropriate notice of inspections.
  • To be given 30 days written notice of a rent increase during a fixed term lease if your agreement allows for a rent increase.
  • To be given the required notice if the landlord/agent wants to end the lease.
  • To enjoy peace and privacy.
  • To have the bond lodged in an account in a financial institution in the Northern Territory.  Or, if lodged with a Real Estate Agent, to have the Bond held in a trust account until the end of the tenancy.

Your Responsibilities

  • To keep the place that you are renting reasonably clean, including the garden.
  • To pay rent on time.
  • To let the landlord/agent know of any repairs that are needed or damage that has been caused.
  • Not to change the place you are renting or add anything without the written permission of the landlord/agent.
  • To return to the landlord/agent a signed copy of the condition report within five business days of receiving it.
  • To leave the premises in the same condition as set out in the condition report (except for normal wear and tear).
  • To ask the landlord/agent to allow someone else to take over your place on the lease if you want to move out.
  • Not to interfere with the peace, comfort and privacy of the neighbours.