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Joint and Several clause versus payment invoice

I want to rent a room in a flat where 3 people are already living. The letting contract mention only the total rent and mention the flatmates as one tenant under a "joint and several" clause. Therefore I was worried that I could be possibly charged responsible with other tenant rent if they fail to pay. I ask the landlord about this. He told me that as only the money for the rent of my room was declared on the monthly payment invoice, it would be impossible for him to charge me with more money in the event of one tenant failing to pay the rent. I am really, not an expert so I was wondering if this argument stand in court in the event of such conflict ?

Asked on Apr 4 2017, Renting in London | Report content

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  • Hello Antoine - If you are signing the tenancy agreement with the other people you are sharing with, you are right to be concerned about joint responsibility. I would suggest requesting a separate tenancy agreement for your room to be on the safe side.

    Answered on Apr 5 2017, Report content
  • Thanks for the answers. I indeed requested a separate tenancy agreement but the landlord told me that they could not do this because of their mortgage contract. That is why they told me that the monthly payment was enough to guarantee that I could never be charged with more money. So I am wondering if this is true ?

    Answered on Apr 6 2017, Report content
  • Hello Antoine, sorry about the delay. It sounds to me that that the landlord is trying to multi-let the property on a single tenancy agreement. Issuing separate agreements would be a breach of the terms and conditions of the mortgage contract. You could move forward, but I think there could be risks if one of the others doesn´t pay or causes other problems.

    Answered on Apr 12 2017, Report content

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