The owner can request an increase
A rooming house owner can request an increase in room capacity – for more people to share your room – for both exclusive occupancy and shared rooms.
They must ask for your written consent
Before the rooming house owner can increase the room capacity – the maximum number of residents sharing the room – they must get written consent (agreement) from all residents already in the room.
The rooming house owner must give each resident of the room a Consent to Increase in Room Capacity form. The form must state the total number of people that the owner wants in the room and what the new reduced rent will be.
You don’t have to agree
You do not have to give your consent to increase room capacity. If the rooming house owner tries to pressure you into giving your consent, contact us for advice.
If you don’t agree – don’t sign the consent form. The owner can’t increase the room capacity and the form expires in 14 days from the date on the form.
If you do agree and sign the consent form – your rent must be reduced. But remember the owner decides who will share your room and they don’t have to tell you before another person moves into the room.
You can change your mind
You have 3 days after signing the consent form to withdraw your consent if you change your mind. To do this, sign and date the first page of the form and give it back to the rooming house owner.