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What do landlords mean by 'no sharers'?

I'm looking to rent a small house with my long-term partner. I assume it includes friends and students sharing but wondered if that applies to unmarried couples too?

Asked on Jan 8 2013, Renting in Ipswich | Report content

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  • Hi HMCrowell, Certainly, students are one of the main groups landlords will be looking to avoid when they are specifying that there should be no sharers when taking on a property, but there are a number of reasons why they may not want these types of people in their properties. One stems from the fact that there can be issues on liability. For example, if there is damage in a rented house, arguments and issues can stem from who is liable to pay for it when there are sharers. There are also other problems that landlords look to avoid, such as one party looking to leave when the other one wants to stay, which can make it more complicated, so in a time when the rental market is strong, landlords will look to minimise the risk of such issues. However, this does not apply to couples, and you should be totally fine to share with your long-term partner. Thanks, Scott

    Answered on Jan 11 2013, Report content
  • Basically, a landlord who stipulates no sharers really means no sub-letting. A landlord needs to keep tabs on all the tenants, they need full details and do back- ground checks on their tenants - so, if someone shares the home with the main rent payer - it not only puts pressure on that person but puts pressure on the landlord when they find out..In answer to your question - your partner is not really a sub-letter - your partner however, needs to show all details of his or her background and to show that they are in a good postition to help with the rent if the main rent payer falls on hard times e.g. loss of a job etc...(To show some kind of security.)

    Web reference: http://Keeping tabs on tenants.

    Answered on Feb 5 2013, Report content

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