The laws around sharing a house in Victoria are vague, especially if you're not on the lease.

When sharehouses go bad: The raw deal for some tenants

When 31 year-old Rachel McFadden moved into a Northcote sharehouse four months ago, she made a concerted effort to be a good, easygoing housemate.

“I think I put a lot of work and invest a lot of time in trying to build a relationship without being co-dependant,” Ms McFadden said.