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Can I rent a flat at the age of 17?

I am 17 and just recently found out I am pregnant. I was wondering if I would be able to rent a flat at my age?

Asked on Jul 15 2010, Renting in Coventry | Report content

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  • Unfortunately not. In the eyes of the law you are not classed as an adult and therefore can not enter in to an agreement. There are ways to grant a tenancy to someone under the age of 18, however, it is by no means straight forward and most agents would not be willing to do this. I dealt with a similar case recently, and was advised by our legal team that the father of my applicant could sign a common law tenancy as the main tenant, with his daughter as a permitted occupier. Unfortunately to many complications arose and we did not proceed. I hope this helps.

    Answered on Jul 15 2010, Report content
  • I agree, from what I understand technically yes but in reality 18 is regarded as the minimum age. I think the potential legal complications mean that few private landlords would probably be willing.

    Answered on Jul 15 2010, Report content

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