When does the tenancy law not apply to me?
The law (Residential Tenancies Act) on renting property only protects tenants. This is a problem for flatmates because a landlord, or even a tenant, could evict a flatmate without much notice, and there are no set legal processes as to what should happen if things go wrong. All the legal protections and information in the flatting section applies only to tenants.
In addition, some ‘tenants’ are not counted as ‘tenants’ by the law – there’s over 20 exceptions in the Residential Tenancies Act where you think you may be a tenant, but under the law you’re not. E.g. If you live with your landlord or any member of your landlord’s family, you’re not covered by the Residential Tenancies Act.
Tenants/Flatmates in this situation should consider signing separate agreements with their landlord to better protect themselves.