These organizations may be able to help: tenants and roommates What is the difference between a tenant and a roommate? When will the rental right not apply to me? How can roommates and tenants better protect themselves? What should a written flatting contract include? What is a colo contract? If you have signed a lease with a landlord, you are a tenant. You are legally responsible for the location. Tenants are jointly responsible for all rent and any damages, not just on their own. A house/roommate contract applies to the tenant`s or landlord`s roommates/roommates. It is similar to a lease, as it is a written agreement, so that you and the tenant (or landlord) know what the house or roommate entails. However, a roommate is not covered by the Housing Rental Act because you are not part of the lease. .