NSW Fair Trading is a New South Wales government agency that protects the rights of consumers, including matters relating to tenancy laws/rights. For more information, visit their website.
When you rent a room or a property you become a 'renter' or a 'tenant', you have certain rights and responsibilities you need to abide by.
Renting a property: If you are renting a property, you will most likely use a Residential Tenancy Agreement, which is a legally binding contract between the tenant and the landlord. Under this agreement, you are both covered under the Residential Tenancies Act 2010.
Renting a room in a shared property: If you are renting a room in a shared house or unit, you will either use a Share Housing Agreement or a Residential Tenancy Agreement. You will rent a room or rooms and have access to shared areas in the property, such as the kitchen, lounge room, and laundry.
Boarding House: A General Boarding House can accommodation five or more paying residents, excluding the proprietor, the manager and members of their families. You will use an occupancy agreement and are covered under the Boarding Houses Act 2012.