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About the Nest Easy Homesharing Agreement

Note: The Nest Easy Homesharing Agreement™ is only available to home providers using HomeShare Online Plus. Learn more about HomeShare Online Plus


Sharing a home with another person is very personal. There are lots of questions to answer and boundaries to set. HomeShare Online can’t tell you how to homeshare, but we can help you think through the questions you may not have known to ask—and that’s why we created the Nest Easy Homesharing Agreement.  


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What is the Nest Easy Homesharing Agreement and how does it work? 

The Nest Easy Homesharing Agreement is a template built to address the needs of two people living together in the context of homesharing. It provides flexibility and outlines important boundaries and expectations that a typical lease would ignore. Key features of the Nest Easy Homesharing Agreement include: 

  1. It documents house rules: The Nest Easy Homesharing Agreement puts house rules and expectations in writing to document boundaries around shared vs. unshared space, quiet hours, use of TV/music, guests, etc. Learn more about house rules.
  2. It provides a mutual 30-day out with written notice: Sometimes things don’t work out between housemates. The Nest Easy Homesharing Agreement allows for either homesharing party to get out of the homesharing arrangement with 30 days’ written notice.
  3. It is legally binding: In terms of legality, the Nest Easy Homesharing Agreement contains much of the same language as a lease. The document should be treated like any legal document or lease. As such, we always advise seeking your own legal counsel to review.  


Why should I use the Nest Easy Homesharing Agreement? 

You don’t have to use the Nest Easy Homesharing Agreement, but we strongly recommend that you and your housemate put some kind of documentation in place describing the terms of your homesharing arrangement.  


Most homesharing problems could be prevented or eliminated by having a signed agreement to reference when disputes arise. Sometimes it can feel overly formal or uncomfortable to create and sign an agreement in the context of homesharing, but it is one of the most important ways you can protect yourself. Learn more about preventing conflict. 


Should I also sign a lease? 

Because Nest Easy Homesharing Agreements and leases are both legally binding documents, signing both may lead to issues. If you feel more comfortable having a formal lease, create a lease instead of the Nest Easy Homesharing Agreement—not in addition to it.   


Note: Lease requirements vary by state. Visit your state’s website to download an up-to-date copy of your state’s lease template. 


How do I create a Nest Easy Homesharing Agreement?  

If you are a home provider: 

  1. If you haven’t already, upgrade to HomeShare Online Plus by logging in to HomeShare Online and clicking the Upgrade button in the top-right corner of your screen. 
  2. Once you’re using HomeShare Online Plus, you have two options to initiate your Nest Easy Homesharing Agreement:
    1. You can download the fillable Agreement template by clicking the link under Preparing for Homesharing on your HomeShare Online dashboard (screenshot below). Once downloaded, you can complete the Agreement offline with your housemate. 
    2. We’ll build out your Agreement for you, provide guidance and facilitate e-signatures from you and your housemate. You’ll both also be able to download copies of your signed Agreement. Click Schedule a call with a HomeShare Online Representative from your dashboard (screenshot below) to start this process.

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If you are a renter and would like to create a Nest Easy Homesharing Agreement with your home provider, you’ll need to ask them to initiate the process. Here’s a template you can copy and paste into your messages with your home provider: 

Hi [name], 

HomeShare Online has a template for a homesharing agreement that would help us think through the details of our living arrangement like defining house rules and handling our respective belongings. It’s also legally binding, just like a traditional lease. 

For us to access the homesharing agreement template, you would need to upgrade to HomeShare Online Home provider Plus. If you’re not already using Home provider Plus, would you consider upgrading to receive the template? You’ll also receive complimentary background screens and optional one-on-one homesharing agreement support from a HomeShare Online expert. There’s more info on HomeShare Online’s pricing page. 

What do you think? 


Limitations and disclaimers 

HomeShare Online is not a party to any lease or other agreement between home providers and renters. This is true even if our site, app and/or services allow you to download and use our Nest Easy Homesharing Agreement or a sample lease agreement for a roommate property.  


If you choose to enter into a lease, you are responsible for ensuring your lease complies with all applicable laws for the location of the property. HomeShare Online does not provide legal advice and recommends that all parties review any lease or homesharing agreement with their personal legal advisor. 


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