Joint tenancies

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

  • Each tenant is jointly and individually responsible for the conduct of the tenancy
  • 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
  • If one tenant breaches the tenancy agreement, the other can be held responsible
  • Each tenant has equal rights
  • Either 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 parties 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.