Your Responsibilities in a Shared Tenancy

When you enter into a shared tenancy, it's crucial to understand that you're not just responsible for your own actions, but you're also jointly responsible for the property and any obligations under the tenancy agreement. Here are some key responsibilities you should be aware of:

Financial Obligations

  1. Rent Payments: Each tenant is responsible for ensuring that the full rent is paid on time. Failure to do so can result in late fees and could jeopardise the tenancy for everyone involved.

  2. Utility Bills: Unless otherwise stated in your tenancy agreement, utility bills are usually split among all tenants. Make sure to pay your share promptly to avoid any complications.

Property Upkeep

  1. Cleanliness: Maintaining a clean living environment is a shared responsibility. This includes common areas like the kitchen, living room, and bathroom.

  2. Repairs: If something breaks or needs fixing, it's everyone's responsibility to report it to the property manager or landlord. Failure to do so could result in further damage and costs.

Legal Obligations

  1. Tenancy Agreement: All tenants should read and understand the terms of the tenancy agreement. You are all jointly and severally liable for any breaches of the agreement.

  2. Right to Rent: Every tenant over the age of 18 must have their right to rent in the UK checked. Failure to comply could lead to legal repercussions for all tenants.


  1. With Landlord/Agent: Open and honest communication with your landlord or letting agent is essential. Any changes in the tenancy, such as someone wanting to leave or a new tenant wanting to move in, should be communicated immediately.

  2. Among Tenants: Clear communication among roommates is crucial for a harmonious living situation. Whether it's about splitting bills or deciding who takes out the trash, effective communication can prevent a lot of conflicts.

Understanding and fulfilling these responsibilities can make your shared living experience more enjoyable and less stressful. Always remember, a shared tenancy means shared responsibilities.