Multiple Tenants on a Lease
April 29, 2010 6:44 AM Subscribe
I'm getting ready to rent a house with three classmates and close friends and have a quick question about the legalese of lease agreements for multiple tenants.
posted by sciencemandan to Law & Government (6 answers total)
I am a grad student and am preparing to rent a house with three other classmates. The landlord sent us all copies of the lease agreement to sign, but I'm a bit concerned because the lease paperwork doesn't really address the fact that there are multiple tenants.
I've seen lease agreements that explicitly state this and list the tenants, then state that the tenants are "jointly and severally liable" for the lease (which I'm assuming protects the landlord if one of the tenants stops paying rent), but there isn't any such language. For all intents and purposes, this same document could pretty much be used for a single-tenant situation (for instance, the full monthly rent is listed on each).
Legally, if we all signed leases for the same property that list the total rent, could this be a problem? Perhaps I'm being excessively cautious, but could the landlord somehow use that to legally demand 4X the actual rent? I'm somewhat inexperienced in this, so I figured I'd ask the cloud.