If you and your partner, family member or friend are both named on your tenancy agreement, you have a joint tenancy.
You both have equal responsibilities and rights in your tenancy, which includes paying the rent or keeping the property in good condition. Even if one of you moves out, you are both still responsible for the tenancy unless their name is taken off the tenancy agreement.
How to get a joint tenancy
You may be able to enter into a joint tenancy for your current home with a partner but this is subject to certain criteria and the following conditions:
- Have a clear rent account
- Write to us to ask to add someone to your tenancy
- Show that your proposed joint tenant has lived with you for 12 months (unless you are married). If you haven't let us know that someone has moved in with you, log in to MyHightown to give us their details.
- Both of you would need to sign a new tenancy agreement
We can't always give our tenants a joint tenancy. We look at each situation individually and there are lots of reasons why we might refuse. A few examples are:
- you owe rent or have other debts to Hightown
- your joint tenant has another tenancy or owns another property
- your joint tenant would not use the property as their main home
You can always contact your Housing Officer to get some more advice about your situation.