Problems with a co tenant …
I recieved this Landlord Law Blog Clinic entry today from Sharon (not her real name):
I have a 6 months tenancy contract for where I am living at present. It is a joint tenancy with a friend.
When we were getting ready to move in she, conveniently, informed me two days before we signed the contract, that she didnt not have the funds for her half of the deposit & first months rent. So I paid my half of the £1050.00 which was £525.00 and my sister paid my new flat mates half on the agreement that she would pay her back.
3 months down the line, my sister has not had any money from her, I have had to pay all of the bills myself (the full amount) as the other tenant has not been contributing and she is paying her rent late, which is understandably annoying the letting agency & the landlord.
As it stands how the other tenant owes me & my sister in total £675.00.
Is there anything I can do to get the money back, it was an oral agreement so nothing was signed. and also how can I get her to move out, i have asked her twice now but she won’t budge.
This just goes to show how careful you need to be with the people you sign a tenancy agreement with. I did a post >> here about sharing which is on a slightly different aspect.
So far as the landlord is concerned, you are jointly and severally liable for all the rent, including her share, but you are legaly entitled to claim it back from her, through the courts if necessary. However this may not be much good if she has not actually got the money.
So far as getting her to move out – this is a bit tricky as she is a legal tenant (I assume she signed the tenancy agreement as well as you). What does anyone else think?