Home Sharing is a situation where two or more people live together, each with their own bedroom and a shared living space such as the kitchen and living room. An arrangement can be tailored to suit all needs and to benefit everyone involved. For example, some homes may be large enough that a renter has their own private living space and only share the kitchen. Others may only have a private sleeping area and share the rest of the house.


A home sharer might be a senior citizen, a working professional, a single parent, or simply a person wishing to share his or her life and home with others. For these people, shared housing offers social connections, affordable housing, security, mutual support and much more.

Home sharing for the landlord, can be an arrangement where the roommate pays a set amount for rent or a lesser amount may be agreed to in exchange for assistance with household tasks.

The extra income is why many turn to shared housing.

They stay for the companionship, the help, and the comfort.​

The Residential Tenancies Act does not apply when a tenant rents a room in the landlord’s home and shares the kitchen and living room with the landlord. If the tenant does not pay rent one month, the landlord is under no obligation to give the tenant a 14-day notice to end the tenencay. The landlord could ask the tenant to leave immediately for failing to pay rent. Tenants who live with their landlords do not have the same protections as tenants who are covered by the Residential Tenancies Act.

If the landlord and tenant share living space, it is a very good idea to have a written contract setting out the rules that both the landlord and tenant must follow to provide some basic protections.