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Is it possible for two couples to rent a house and are there any legal requirements that would restrict this?

Asked on Nov 8 2011, Renting in Yeovil | Report content

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  • Fine for two couples who want to rent a house.

    Answered on Nov 8 2011, Report content
  • There are no legal restrictions on two couples renting a home.

    Answered on Nov 14 2011, Report content
  • There are no legal restrictions against two couples renting a property but you may want to consider the practicalities of such an arrangement. You don't say if you are the tenant or landlord. as tenant you will be responsible for eachother and what happens if one couple wants to leave and you don't, will you be able to continue paying the rent. So make sure that you trust and know the other couple very well. If you are the landlord such an arrangement is likely to be more difficult to manage than the norm. especially when one couple wants to leave and the other doesn't or the relationship between the couples breakdown. Be clear about obligations, expectations and responsiblities from the outset. If not strong and confident enough then speak to agent about managing the tenancy for you. as a local agent we can offer further advice.

    Answered on Nov 23 2011, Report content
  • Just to clarify: firstly, consider that two people can rent a property as 'joint tenants'. They would have equal rights and responsibilities - what is termed 'joint and several liability'. In terms of responsibilities, for example, if one tenant left, the remaining tenant would have responsibility for the full total rent. Likewise, if there were rent arrears, the landord could choose to pursue both tenants, or just the one he thought he could get the money off (perhaps one might be working and the other not.) Two couples can rent, but only as 4 separate 'jointly and severally' liable tenants i.e you cannot limit any liability to 'one couple'. Each one individually has full responsibilty.

    Answered on Dec 5 2011, Report content

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