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    Hi

    my Daughter shared a house last year with 4 strangers as she didn't get in to halls. It's been a bit of a nightmare as the 2 lads were very disrespectful with regards to cleanliness, having people over and paying towards bills. She came home a lot and i may came home for the summer as did the other 2 girls, theblads stayed on. This weekend I went with her to help clean the house as they have to vacate on Tuesday and OMG!! It resembled a crack den! ( I've never been on one but how I'd imagine). It was appalling. Myself and another set of parents of one of the girls have done the best we can, I spent 6 hours cleaning the bathroom!!!! The culprits or their parents nowhere to be seen!

    My question is about the deposit, even though they all paid separately they have been advised that all of the deposits will be returned to one person, the lead tenant who happens to be one of the lads. So he will get £700 x 5, minus deductions. If there are deductions for issues caused by them I'm fairly certain the girls will be paying for them! I just want to know if there is anything at all we can do?

    Thanks in advance.


  • #2
    Were all of the people in the property on one "joint and several" tenancy for the entire property or did they each have separate agreements (usually for a room with some shared rooms)?
    When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
    Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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    • #3
      Sadly all on one joint tenancy. We've learnt the hard way never to do this again! To be fair the lead tenant process was never explained, they just said someone had to be lead tenant!

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      • #4
        There's only (legally) one tenant in a joint tenancy ("who" is made up of the five occupants all of whom are liable for all of the obligations of the tenant), so yes, the badly maintaining students will be subsidised by the better behaved students.

        The "Lead Tenant" is a concept created by the deposit protection companies (although, to be fair, I don't really see how they could possibly protect a deposit from multiple people otherwise).

        Only the lead tenant can dispute or accept the landlord's proposed settlement. If the lead tenant agrees something you disagree with, in theory, you could try and recover your loss from the lead tenant, but I'd imagine that's difficult in practice (and may not be the most socially acceptable thing to do).

        This is one of the hidden learning experiences of being a student. Unfortunately, the lesson is actually learned by the parents, and there's no benefit in the new knowledge to them.
        The other lesson is that all first-year students live like pigs (unless they're starting older than 18).
        When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
        Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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