how can my absent friend sign a tenancy agreement?
May 19, 2010 11:15 AM Subscribe
Question about flat rental in England. A friend and I will soon be moving out of our current places and sharing a flat together. I'll need to sign a contract for a flat while he's out of the country. How can we end up in a situation where we're both on the tenancy agreement with equal status, as if he'd been present to sign originally?
posted by metaBugs to Work & Money (7 answers total)
My friend is leaving the country for work for two months. Three days after he returns, his current lease expires and he needs to move out of his current house share.
Our aim is to have a flat signed for and ready for us to move into when he gets back. The hard part is that we want to end up as co-signatories on the tenancy agreement, so not e.g. me being the named tenant and him being my lodger. We're considering several possible ways of managing this, and would appreciate your input!
We choose and start renting a flat before he leaves.
Pro: Simple. Con: We'd both have at least two months where we're paying rent on our old and new places. Neither of us can afford this.
We get form contracts from the big letting agencies for him to sign before he leaves. When I find a flat, I just fill in the flat details above his signature.
Pro: Flexible, we end up as if he'd been there to sign. Con: I know nothing about contract law, but I seriously doubt we'd be allowed to do this. Also, we'd be limited to renting from the agenc[y/ies] that he signed before leaving.
Find a flat we can sign for now that we won't have to start paying rent for until the month of his return.
Pro: Avoids complications. Con: Very little time left before he leaves, so far we've had no luck finding a nice flat with a two-month-ish wait time.
I find a flat that I can sign for as sole tenant. When my friend returns, we magically add his name to the agreement alongside mine with the same rights/responsibilities. Pro: Exactly what we want. Con: No idea if it's even possible, waiting to hear back from letting agents I asked.
He stays with me (or in a hostel or something) for a week or two after getting back, and we search for a flat together. Pro: Avoids problem, he helps choose flat. Con: Unworkable: No space for him or his possessions in my tiny and already-cramped current flat.
What can you tell me about the plausibility of the above ideas? Or what better ideas do you have?
Any good advice about flat hunting in Central/North London would be appreciated too!