Too many people on the lease... what are the downsides?
June 21, 2013 1:11 PM Subscribe
I'm trying to arrange private student accommodation for next year in a smallish university town in the UK, as part of a group of four students. Decent shared accomodation for four people is few and far between -- but three
-person houses are abundant and awesome. How bad an idea is it for one of us to be a permanent 'guest'?
posted by anonymous to home & garden (7 answers total)
I suspect I already know the answer to this, but I'm curious as to the strength of AskMe feeling -- is this a "well, probably not great, but could be fine" or a "OMG YOU WILL GO TO JAIL IF YOU DO THIS" idea?
The plan would roughly be that three of the group would sign the lease and live there officially. The fourth would pay rent and be a tenant for all intents and purposes, but not actually be on the contract.
- We're all friends and trust each other, so we're not worried whoever ends up not being on the lease getting screwed over on e.g. rent.
- We don't mind potentially getting thrown out of the flat over this (we can't see how the landlord would find out, but if they did we could probably find somewhere else within time)
- We do mind breaking the law e.g. if there are fire safety laws that we'd be breaking. Our gut feeling is that violating the terms of the contract isn't as bad as breaking the law, but none of us are real-estate lawyers.
So, Metafilter, what are your thoughts? Is this completely insane? It seems like there aren't many downsides to us; what are we missing?
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