Joint tenancy or individual tenancies?

It is very much a personal choice as to whether a landlord grants a single joint tenancy or multiple tenancies on a per room basis and most landlords have their own preferences. Below is some summarised pros and cons.

Single Joint Tenancy – Advantages

If one tenant leaves university during the term, the council tax exemption for students can be a problem. With a joint tenancy, the tenants will be jointly responsible for the council tax (assuming it is in the tenancy agreement), so it is not of concern to a landlord.

If one tenant fails to pay the rent, the others must make up the difference.

The deposit will be treated as one deposit which means less paperwork and fewer deposits to register.

Because the whole house becomes the demise, there are few common parts problems (see multiple tenancies below) and the tenants will always be under a duty to notify for repairs.

Single Joint Tenancy – Disadvantages

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More Information

We have more information on joint and several tenancies for England and Wales.