Events can often happen quickly and unexpectedly. Situations can vary from crossing boundaries and breaching house rules to major events such as showing violent behaviour. Putting care and attention into the selection and on-boarding of housing companions will help mitigate this. However, it is always good to be ready for the unexpected.
You may choose to end the living arrangement with your housing companion early if any event occurs which violates your contract, a law, or creates an unsafe situation. The notice required will depend on the severity of the breach and the terms of your living arrangement agreement.
If you notice any behaviour that makes you feel unsafe, do not ignore it. Your personal health and safety is always a top priority
Personal violation – Any situation that violates a person’s personal rights, privacy, or safety. This could range from entering one’s personal space without permission
Carelessness that could lead to safety issues – Leaving the stove unattended while cooking or leaving tripping hazards in the home.
A major disagreement – A fight over one’s values, beliefs, or religion that results in a situation where your health or safety is compromised or at risk.
Any signs of aggression or harassment- Physical, verbal or emotional abuse and violence towards others.
Breach of rules – Purposeful breach of rules or repeated offences.
Breach of laws – Procession of illegal items or substances, or illegal activities.
It is advisable to set guidelines and rules for handling breaches of house rules and ways to end your living arrangement. Below is an example used in some of Happipad’s companion housing programs. You may want to enforce similar rules if you are managing your own companion housing arrangement.
Under Happipad’s Companion Housing Program, there is a zero-tolerance policy for any persons who compromise their housing companions’ health or safety. This may result in immediate termination of their living arrangement agreement and notice to vacate.
If you are actively involved in a companion housing arrangement and encounter any situation where you feel a compromise of health or safety, contact your program representative immediately. They will assist you through the process to resolve the issue.
Living arrangements can be ended early by the following methods:
Note: Monetary penalties may apply if ending a fixed-term living arrangement early.