Step 1 – Write your own agreement. (Download a model agreement in PDF format.) Regardless of your rental status, you must receive a receipt when paying the rent, unless you are paying into a bank account. Step 2 – Sign the agreement and give it to your main tenant for signature. Keep a copy to yourself. Even if your name is not on the lease, you can still be recognized as a tenant if it is possible to prove that you have assumed the legal responsibility of a tenant. One way to do this is when the original tenants have moved, no one in the house now has their name on the contract and the landlord has found out and still the rent accepted by you. There are a number of ways to share a rented house. Each agreement has different obligations that you must respect. In most cases, a residential rental agreement should be used.