We are about to renew the tenancy agreement (AST) with our exisiting tenant. She would like to have her boyfriend move in with her. The boyfriend is a student and would not be able to pay the rent and therefore would fail the financial part of the referencing – she would continue to pay the rent herself. Is it better to list him as a tenant or a permitted occupier? I would like to avoid a scenario where the tenant moves out and the boyfriend stays behind and is not able to pay the rent and then is protected by tenancy laws, therefore I thought a permitted occupier would be better?
Many thanks in advance!