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. There is one 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01392 277888 and asking for Private Sector Housing.
Further information on these topics and more can be found here: