Why some landlords might not favour sharers

When we say ‘sharers’ we are not referring to married couples, civil partners or common-in-law partners we are referring to friends, co-workers or in some cases relatives who choose to live together as tenants.

Temporary Arrangement

Sharers are rarely a long-term arrangement so may not suit landlords who favour long-term tenants. Shortly after the start of the tenancy one of two things often happens: 1. the sharers realise they do not like living with each other and one or more of them move out/terminate the agreement. 2. one of the sharers meets someone, moves that other person in to the property or moves out to live with the other person. The landlord is the last person to find out about the new arrangements.

It’s Not My Job To…

…cut the grass, clean the kitchen, pay the rent! Each sharer assumes it is the other sharers job to fulfil what are obligations of the lease or one sharer decides not to…clean the kitchen or cut the grass because they did it last time, always do it…..

Poor Communications

The sharers may not function as an integrated unit so communications are potentially more complicated. Sharer A reports a defect in the property to the landlord but doesn’t tell sharer B. The landlord arrives to undertake the repair to be greeted by a blank look from sharer B (sharer A is at work/on holiday). If only the landlord had thought to contact all tenants before they visited.

Party House

For some younger people, sharing is a cost-effective way of escaping from parents and all those annoying house rules and to ‘dip their toes’ in the water of independent living. For some it’s an opportunity to let their hair down and party hard. The first the landlord knows of this is when the neighbours call them at 11pm on a Saturday night.

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