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England | Joint and Several Tenancies (England) | Start of a Tenancy (England)

Father and Son – joint tenancy?

30 Dec 2020 | 1 comment

I have a father and son (19 years old but an apprentice) who have applied for a property.  The son will live in the property as his main residence but is on a formal apprenticeship employment contract.  Is the tenancy in joint names?  Or could the son be a permitted occupier only?


If the son was at university and only returned for holidays, would this be the same situation?


1 Comment

  1. guildy

    Although ordinarily, we like names to match occupiers, where a son or daughter is living with a parent (including 18 or over) we would never expect the child to be named on the tenancy as clearly the parent is the one responsible for the rent and the property generally. We wouldn’t expect the child to be responsible for the rent.

    Therefore, they can be named as a tenant if you prefer but it’s not necessary and can be just a permitted occupier.

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