Tenancies for minors - a good practice briefing

By:   Published: April 2007


An overview of the law on, and good practice in, letting to 16- and 17-year-olds.


Summary

Many social landlords refuse to let to 16- and 17-year-olds altogether, either because they are concerned that minors cannot hold a tenancy, or they are concerned that they cannot be held liable for rent. Where landlords do let to 16- and 17-year-olds, they often impose conditions, such as insisting upon a guarantor.

This briefing explains that, although there are some complications, the law allows 16- and 17-year-olds to hold tenancies, and that they can be held liable under contracts for 'necessaries', including rent. It looks at steps landlords can take to ensure that 16- and 17-year-olds' tenancies are successful.