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How are people liable on a Joint Tenancy

I signed a joint tenancy with two other people who already lived in the property. After six months one tenant stopped paying rent for two months and then moved out of the property. After her departure we filled the room and paid the full rent. The letting agents would not help us during this time and stopped responding to our emails and calls. We moved out of the property at the end of the tenancy and went our separate ways. 18 months later i recieved a letter saying I am responsible for the missing rent during the two months. Could you advise what I should do. Surely the house mate who is owing the money should be liable. How do the letting agents decide who is liable within a joint tenancy (i.e. who decided who is liable to pay between the tenancy). The tenantany had pasted problems and there was a very high turnover of tenants other than her over 3 years (over 12 people for 2 rooms).

Asked on May 30 2012, Renting in London | Report content

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  • Other points i thought might be applicable were that the rent has always been paid by 3 separate people / accounts, before and after the tenancy. The were temporary locks on the doors, these were probbaly added by previous tenants The length of time that has passed before we were contacted by the agency Any help would be much appreciated

    Answered on May 30 2012, Report content
  • I am not a lawyer but if you signed a single tenancy agreement I suspect you are jointly and severely liable. In other words you are liable for the rent either on your own or jointly and it all comes down to whom the landlord can get hold of. I would speak to CAB or a lawyer.

    Answered on Jun 3 2012, Report content

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