Adding a New Roommate: Steps and Procedures

Welcoming a new roommate into your rental property can be an exciting experience, but it's essential to follow the correct procedures to ensure a smooth transition for everyone involved. Here's a step-by-step guide to adding a new roommate to your existing tenancy agreement.

Step 1: Consult Your Landlord/Agent

Before making any decisions, it's crucial to consult your landlord for approval. Adding a new roommate will require a 'Deed of Assignment.'

Step 2: Right to Rent Checks

All new roommates over the age of 18 must undergo Right to Rent checks to comply with UK law. Failure to do so could result in legal repercussions.

Step 3: Referencing

The new roommate will need to be referenced to ensure they meet the necessary criteria. This process includes credit history checks, affordability assessments, and possibly a landlord reference.

Step 4: Review the Inventory

You'll be provided with a copy of the original Inventory Check-In. Both the existing and new tenants should review this document and sign it, acknowledging the current condition of the property, save for fair wear and tear.

Step 5: Sign Deed of Assignment

A new agreement will be drawn up to include the new roommate to assign the responsibility of the existing Tenancy Agreement to the new occupant.

Step 6: Updating Deposit

Once the referencing is successfully completed and the Deed of Assignment is signed, we will update the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) with the incoming tenant's details. It's crucial for you to confirm your departure with the TDS to facilitate this update.

Step 7: Inventory Check-In

The incoming tenant will agree to the property's condition based on the initial check-in inventory report. Any discrepancies in the property's condition or arrangements regarding the security deposit transfer should be directly discussed between you and the incoming tenant.

Final Thoughts

Adding a new roommate involves several steps, each with its own set of responsibilities and requirements. By following these procedures carefully, you'll ensure a smooth transition and a harmonious living situation for all involved.