What is a joint tenancy?
Joint tenants are equally responsible for things like rent.
You have a joint tenancy if:
you and the other tenants all signed a single tenancy agreement
your tenancy agreement has other tenants' names on it
Before you sign a joint tenancy agreement
Discuss things with the landlord and other tenants before signing a joint tenancy agreement.
For example, you could try to agree what happens if:
there are unpaid bills or rent
someone causes damage to the property
one tenant wants to leave before the tenancy is up
the tenancy deposit scheme returns the whole tenancy deposit to the lead tenant
Record any agreement in writing to avoid misunderstandings in the future.
3 things you need to know before taking on a joint tenancy
Last updated: 30 September 2022