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Is the house share weekly/monthly rent, that landlords show, the total rent or is it for each inidividual in the house share?

Asked on Apr 8 2013, Renting in Surbiton | Report content

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  • There is no 'right answer' here as when dealing with house shares it is at the discretion of the Landlord as to how they wish to advertise the price. Even when agents are instructed some may prefer to advertise rents weekly as opposed to pcm.

    Answered on Apr 9 2013, Report content
  • Hi Ihsan1, When it comes to advertising for a rental property on a website like Zoopla, it will almost always be the case that the per week or per calendar month (pw or pcm) price you see advertised will be for the house or flat as a whole rather than per person. If it was per resident in a house of multiple occupancy then it would need to state within the advert somewhere that the price was per room rather than just quoting you a cost. If there is any worry about it, though, a quick email to the landlord or agent should provide you with an answer and help to ease your doubts. Many thanks, Scott

    Answered on Apr 12 2013, Report content
  • Regardless of what an advert states it is the contract that you sign that truly matters. If you sign an agreement exclusively for a room and just in your name then that is what you are paying for. However, if you rent a shared property on an AST (Assured Shorthold Tenancy) agreement then this is very different. In this instance all people on the agreement are 'jointly and severally' liable for the full amount of rent. This therefore means that if (for example) you rent a 3 bedroom house with 3 people on the tenancy agreement whilst you may each agree between you to split the rent equally the law does not recognise this. Therefore, if the rent is £2100 per month you are each liable for the entire amount. If 2 Tenants paid their 'agreed share' of £1400 the £700 arrears would still be held against all 3 of you as an AST (the most common tenancy agreement used) does not recognise or allocate individual liability. Really hope this helps!

    Answered on May 23 2013, Report content

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