Joint tenancies

A joint tenancy is when more than one person is named in the tenancy agreement.

  • Each tenant is responsible for the conduct of the tenancy – if one tenant breaches the agreement, the other can be held responsible.
  • Each tenant is responsible for the full rent being paid – so if one of you doesn’t pay their share, the other must pay the whole amount.
  • Each tenant has equal rights.
  • Each tenant can apply for Housing Benefit.
  • If one dies, the tenancy automatically transfers to the other(s).
  • If the household breaks up, the joint tenancy can only be changed if all joint tenants agree to the change. If not, a court may have to sort out the matter.
  • If you want to transfer the tenancy to a single tenant or to other tenants, all joint tenants must agree, unless a court orders the transfer.