Private tenants handbook

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13. Shared accommodation

The most typical scenarios include:

  • A joint tenancy - everyone shares the property and its facilities and no-one has exclusive possession of any part, even though in practice you may agree to occupy a particular bedroom. Thereisone tenancy agreement for the property which everyone signs.
  • A sole tenancy - everyone in the property has their own tenancy agreement because they each have exclusive possession of one specific room but share the other facilities such as the kitchen.
  • Or one person in the property has a sole tenancy and then sub-let rooms to others as sub-tenants or lodgers.

Your rights and responsibilities will vary depending on whether you have a joint or sole tenancy or whether you are a lodger or sub-tenant. Please see here for further information on:

  • Paying the rent
  • Ending your tenancy
  • Deposits in shared accommodation
  • Paying bills in shared accommodation
  • Paying Council Tax in shared accommodation
  • TV licence

House in Multiple Occupation (HMO)

If you are moving into a property where there are three or more people who share facilities and at least one person isn't related to the others it is likely that you are leaving in a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO). Your landlord may need a licence for a HMO and will have a number of extra legal responsibilities in the management of this type of property.

You can contact the Private Sector Housing team to check if your property has been granted a licence by the council or you have concerns about the condition or maintenance of the property that you are living in. Email privatesectorhousing@exeter.gov.uk or call 01392 277888 and asking for Private Sector Housing.

Further information on these topics and more can be found here: